Report below by Chloe Oliver and interview with Judge Francis Sheridan.
People struggling in a relationship filled with violence are being told: 'Don't suffer. Protect yourself and your loved ones.'
Each year more than 100,000 people in the UK are at risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse.
For many survivors, the slow process of the court system means they may never see their abuser face justice. But now a pilot scheme - between the Crown Prosecution Service, Aylesbury Crown Court and Thames Valley Police - has been praised in a report about its work with abuse victims.
Chloe Oliver has been to meet one woman who feared for her life - but says the process helped to put her abuser behind bars.