Police referrals of domestic violence vary according to victim's address
11 March 2014 Last updated at 00:08 GMT
There are significant variations across England and Wales in the way police and prosecutors deal with cases of domestic violence, figures show.
Police are aware of inconsistencies and say more work is needed to help officers deal with cases.
For victims of domestic violence and rape, the decision to come forward to ask for help and protection can be excruciatingly difficult.
Newsnight's Laura Kuenssberg reports.