American woman who inspired the Thurman Law. Married Charles Thurman (div.); children: at least 1 son.
In Torrington, CT, was stabbed 13 times by ex-husband, while an on-the-scene police officer did nothing (1983); sued Torrington Police Department for violating her civil rights and became 1st battered wife to win a civil suit (1985); was awarded $2.3 million, while her 3-year-old son, a witness to the crime, was awarded $300,000; ex-husband was sentenced to 15 years for assault. The Thurman Law requires police to treat domestic abuse in the same manner as any other assault.
See also (tv movie) A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989).