Victims of domestic violence suffer on average for nearly three years before getting the help they need, according to new charity research.
A study by domestic abuse charity SafeLives found that within a three-year period some women will suffer more than 50 incidents of violence.
More than 85 percent of victims are in contact with professionals - on average five times - in the year before they get help, the research found.
Almost a quarter of victims at high risk of harm go to an accident and emergency department because of their injuries - some as many as 15 times.
Diana Barran, SafeLives' chief executive, said:
SafeLives has urged professionals such as GPs, midwives, social workers, police and A&E staff to ask about domestic abuse every time they are concerned in order to get families help sooner.
Also in the last year before they get effective help, three-quarters of victims reported the abuse to the police.
SafeLives - formerly known as Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse - holds the UK's largest database of domestic abuse cases, with more than 35,000 entries since 2009.