The Domestic Violence Case That Turned Outrage Into Action

The “Burning Bed” killing put domestic violence in the headlines.

When Francine Hughes killed her abusive ex-husband by setting his bed on fire, the case made headlines in the 1970s and caused a national outcry. Today, despite stronger protections, millions of women a year are still abused by a partner.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse and in need of help you can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

Here is a list of additional resources:

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  • Producer: Scott Michels
  • Editor: Anne Checler
  • Associate Producer: Sandra McDaniel
  • Archival Researcher: Charu Raman