The ‘Burning Bed’ killing put domestic violence in the headlines.
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The Domestic Violence Case That Turned Outrage Into Action

Producer: Scott Michels
Associate Producer: Sandra McDaniel
Editor: Anne Checler

The “Burning Bed” case - when Francine Hughes killed her abusive husband - 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 https://www.thehotline.org 1-800-799-7233.

Here is a list of additional resources: https://ncadv.org/resources

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