A father from Yorkshire whose daughter was murdered by an ex-boyfriend has welcomed a law allowing access to a partner's background.
More families are needing advice because their children are subject to child protection inquiries by social workers due to domestic abuse.
Following a report into the failings of Essex Police in dealing with domestic violence the HMIC have published a series of recommendations.
Doctors and nurses in the NHS should be trained to recognise domestic abuse and encouraged to ask questions, new guidelines suggest.
At least 1.2 million women and 784,000 men experience domestic violence and abuse in England and Wales every year, with one in three women and nearly one in five men experiencing it at some point in their lives.
However, the organisation suggests the figures are likely to underestimate the problem and have issued guidelines to raise awareness among key workers coming into contact with victims in repression.
Frontline staff should be specially trained to ask relevant questions to people they suspect may have experienced abuse in an environment where the person feels safe, Nice said.
A women's rights campaigner has spoken frankly to Daybreak about the abuse between her parents that she witnessed as a child.
Erin Pizzey, who started womens charity Refuge, said she became "the defender" for her mother, as she was "the eldest and the biggest" out of the three children.
"In a sense, I always took the defending role of my mother because she used to cry and weep and burden us with her hatred of our father."
Nurses should be trained more to spot symptoms of domestic violence in families so authorities can intervene earlier, a charity has said.
The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) wants more to be done to protect children from witnessing abuse after a wide-ranging report found it can lead to depression and anti-social behaviour in their adult years.
The charity recommended Government departments work closer with providers and representatives of the children's workforce to ensure authorities are trained to spot the signs of a child dealing with an abusive parent.
Youngsters who have witnessed domestic abuse between their parents are more likely suffer from an increase in fear throughout into their adult years, a report has found.
Children were also more likely to suffer from inhibition, depression, high levels of aggression and antisocial behaviour which can last throughout their teenage years into adulthood.
The review, conducted by the independent charity the Early Intervention Foundation, recommended all families should have a basic training in how to respond and report domestic abuse.
Domestic violence victims are increasingly likely to be at risk of having their children being taken into care, according to Family Rights Group.
The charity also claims that victims are being failed as services to help women escape violent partners are being cut.
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker told the Guardian: "The Government is not cutting funding for domestic violence services. On the contrary, we have ring-fenced nearly £40 million to provide support for victims to escape abusive situations."
Victims of domestic abuse are being failed by social services as an increasingly amount of care orders are being placed on children living in homes that experience violence, whilst services to help women escape violent partners are being cut, new research reveals.
The increasing involvement of social workers with families where there is domestic violence, and women’s fear their children may be removed, could prevent some mothers from reporting abuse, Family Rights Group said.
Welfare reforms are compounding the problem as women have fewer places to go for support and the long-term care necessary to leave violent partners, Cathy Ashley from the Family Rights Groups said.
A woman who was in an abusive relationship for several years and gave her children up for adoption described her heartbreak at being forced to make her agonising decision.
Angela Rose went to social services for help when she was being abused by her partner, but she said it felt like they were "against her" and that she was forced into giving her children up.
She is calling for social services to provide more resources to help women partners, instead of pushing "last resort" options on to woman like her when they are at their most vulnerable. She said:
"It wasn't just physical abuse it was mental abuse as well. I had lost my identity. I was trying to protect myself and my children. I didn't have any support and when I cried out for help the only place for me to go was social services. Instead of helping me I felt they were against me.
"I understand the children need protecting, that is priority but surely adoption is the last resort and keeping the children and mother together has to be the preferred option.
"I did not want to give my children up but at the time it felt like there was no other option and I had lost control. I think about my children everyday, it is heartbreaking.I was suicidal after I lost them."
Social services are failing victims of domestic violence by putting an increasing amount of children on child protection plans and into care, without providing support to enable mothers to leave violent partners, the chief executive of Family Rights Group told ITV News
Cathy Ashley said agencies have become more risk averse in the wake of the Baby P killing and are more likely to put children on child protection plans that result in the child being taken away from the violent household.
Family Rights Group said the number of women contacting them for assistance whose children are subject to a child protection plan due to domestic abuse has increased by 108% in the past two years.
There has been a huge rise in the number of domestic violence victims facing the prospect of having their children put under child protection plans by social services, and having their children taken into care, new research by the Family Rights Group seen by ITV News has revealed.
The Family Rights Group says support for the adult victims is increasingly being eroded and women have very few, if any options as they are "doubly victimised" by their partners and social services.