According to Women's Aid figures domestic violence accounts for one in ten emergency calls and up to a quarter of all recorded violent crime. In our second special report on domestic violence this week, Sarah Saunders, has been out on the beat with Sussex Police.
Sussex Police says it's receiving at least 40 new calls a day from victims of domestic abuse, but that there are more people out there, suffering in silence.
Now, the force has launched a White Ribbon Campaign to highlight the issue. Sarah Saunders has been speaking to one victim who found the courage to speak out. If you are affected by domestic abuse click here for help and information.
Nearly a million women every year experience domestic violence. And Sussex Police receive a staggering 40 calls about domestic abuse every single day.
But they still believe women are suffering in silence and this week they have launched a White Ribbon Campaign encouraging more women to come forward. Heather Holden from Eastbourne was attacked by her husband.
Detective Constable Jamie Pooley from Sussex Police says specialist officers are ready to help. For help call the 24 Hour Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 or visit www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk.
An event is taking place in Maidstone today to raise awareness of the help available in Kent to protect victims of domestic violence. Several agencies and authorities will attend the event at Kent Police College.
It will coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is also supported by the Bishop of Rochester