Every 20 minutes the police respond to a case of domestic abuse in the region. But on average, a woman is attacked 35 times before she goes to the police.
So far this year, there have been over 27,000 cases of domestic violence - the highest figure since records began and only about a third of those responsible (34.8%) were caught.
Last year, there were 25,196 cases reported to the police and the detection rate was 41%.
That equates to a 10% increase in number of attacks in the home - yet fewer perpetrators are being brought before the courts.
Women's Aid are calling on politicians to do much, much more to help victims of this hidden crime. They insist domestic violence must be a priority for the police.
A new awareness campaign was launched on Wednesday night by the PSNI and Women's Aid.
The video, called 'Family Portrait - Voice of a Victim', depicts the life of a young woman caught up in an abusive relationship.
The campaign will also include billboard and Facebook advertising to encourage victims to come forward.
Marie Brown, of Women's Aid, told UTV: "Domestic violence is a huge problem in Northern Ireland.
"We have women from all ages, we can have 16-year-olds and we have had women in their 70s, and really up into their 80s."
She added: "There are women from all walks of life. We call it the democratic crime."
Louise, not her real name, suffered years of abuse at the hands of her partner.
She fled, with her children, to safety in the darkness of night.
"I was 10 years with my ex. You know, I suppose to the outside world we were the perfect couple - but behind closed doors, it was a living hell."
She recalled that she was constantly walking on eggshells, afraid of sparking yet another assault.
"I was just violently assaulted on a weekly basis. It was hard and I suppose as the years went on, the violence got worse.
"It just got scarier. In the end, it was a choice really between life or death. I had to choose - if I wanted to live it was 'Get out of that situation, get out.."
She continued: "The only way I could do it... I had to leave in the middle of the night, get the kids out of their beds, pack up the car and leave while he was sleeping."
I did believe that if I'd stayed with him I would have been killed.
Three years ago, the Criminal Justice Inspectorate (CJI) made thirteen recommendations but only one has been achieved and six partially achieved.
In October, the CJI criticised the police saying they are failing to tackle the rising levels of domestic violence.
One of its lead inspectors, Rachael Lindsay, said that what was found in a follow-up was that there was not a consistent approach as yet across of whole of Northern Ireland in how the cases are being dealt with.
"It's obviously worrying from the perspective of the victim that there is therefore not an equity of service across the whole of Northern Ireland in all the police districts."
She said that while there is good practice out there, the CJI feel that more could be done to ensure that there is a consistent service for everyone.
SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly, a member of the Policing Board which holds the PSNI to account, said that she is deeply concerned that so many of the recommendations have yet to be implemented.
She described the previous rota system for PSNI domestic violence officers, which was 9am-5pm on weekdays, with no weekend cover, as "quite unbelievable."
"Given that the majority of domestic violence happens over the course of the weekend.
"That would tell you that they weren't doing enough."
While accepting there are key challenges ahead, the police believe progress has been made.
But, Chief Superintendent Chris Noble admitted that dealing with domestic abuse in Northern Ireland is "a huge challenge."
"And that's why we have over 200 officers dedicated to the world of public protection, and over 50 of those are specially trained domestic abuse officers, who work with partners [groups] on a daily basis to keep victims safe."
He added: "It's a challenge for us to constantly improve what we do and get better at what we do and we have an absolute commitment to doing that."
Women's Aid telephone: 0808 802 1414
Women's Aid want the politicians and the courts to do much, much more to help women at risk, and their children, who, by witnessing this crime a victim of it.