Do you remember the book or movie The Burning Bed.,  It is a non-fiction book about battered housewife Francine Hughes, played by Farrah Fawcett who did an incredible job.  Farrah played the part of Francine who  back in 1977 had enough and basically snapped killing her abusive husband. This  brought the brutal reality of domestic violence out of the shadows and into Americas living rooms.  The family lived in Dansville, and when The Burning Bed aired on NBC the majority of TV sets in America were tuned in.

Take a look at the movie trailer.