Using rare footage of shocking domestic violence caught on CCTV, this programme explores the powerful stories of those affected by this crime and looks at how the law has been failing them.
It examines changes in the way domestic violence is starting to be handled by the police and the courts.
Cameras follow Hammersmith Police as they track down perpetrators, making arrests.
There are also rare interviews with men who have abused their partners.
One victim gives an emotional day-by-day video account as she awaits her attacker's release from jail.
Another woman, whose three children witnessed an attack which nearly killed her, records her thoughts as she tries to recover before her ex has his day in court.
"I think even in the judges' heads it's still, 'Well, she had him there. She should have had more sense.' I think it is all wrong."
Real Story: Just a domestic? - BBC ONE, Monday 16 May, 2005 at 1930 BST.