In Australia during 2014 one woman died every week from domestic violence and one woman is hospitalised every three hours across the country as the result of domestic violence.
The official estimation is that about 1.6 million Australian women have experienced domestic violence and it is suggested that less than half the such abuse is reported suggesting this figure could be over 3 million.
Fear of social ostracism and economic desolation are reasons often given by women as to why they do not report their abuse.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research in 2013 revealed that the primary barrier to reporting amongst female victims in refuge was police treatment of the issue.
Also of concern is research that shows the children of families that endured domestic violence are more likely to offend as adults.