Domestic violence still at 'unprecedented' levels despite hundreds of millions being spent
Campaigns have been waged for a decade, almost a billion dollars spent and yet women and children continue to face deadly threats in their homes.
A 12-year national plan to reduce domestic violence is nearing its end but it's unclear if the strategy is working.
The Federal Government concedes it's difficult to know the extent of the problem, with inconsistencies in reporting across states and territories.
Added to that are decades of women having suffered in silence, leading to an underreporting of their abuse.
There's no lack of good will to address what's so often been dubbed a national scourge.
But until the numbers start to fall, statistics will grow and lives continue to be destroyed.