More than 80 family violence experts and community groups have written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for more than $127 million a year to address critical shortages in domestic violence funding in the upcoming budget.
The groups, which include legal, housing and refuge services, say the federal government must put its money where its mouth is on family violence
"We are extremely worried that women's safety is at risk because of inadequate government funding," bodies such as Fair Agenda, the Australian Women's Health Network and Domestic Violence NSW say.
"Prime Minister Turnbull you've declared that domestic violence is a national priority. National priorities must also be budget priorities."
According to Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Fiona McCormack, there has been a 70 per cent increase in police reports of domestic violence in the state over the past five years.
"In the same period, the frontline services women rely on have received almost no additional funding."
There is also a six-month wait for men to be assessed as eligible for a behaviour change program.
"That's a wait list before the real wait list. This leaves women in danger," No to Violence/Men's Referral Service chief executive Jacqui Wattsays.
The specialist family violence legal service for Indigenous Australians says that it cannot reach all the women it needs to, particularly in metropolitan areas, due to a $28 million funding gap.
Community legal centres, which face a 30 per cent funding cut from 2017, are turning away more than 160,000 people - on all issues - each year. Their top two work areas are family violence and family law.
Anti-domestic violence campaigners Fair Agenda say the $127 million figure is just a starting point for what's needed, as it does not include extra funds for specialist domestic violence services (such as counselling, financial support and support to remain at home). This is because frontline services rely on "patchwork" funding and so have no "sensible funding model" to project forward from.
The $127 million also does not include the $12 million to be cut from community legal centres from next year.
Domestic violence survivor and social worker, Ann O'Neilldescribed the government's position on domestic violence funding as "paradoxical".
"Nobody questions our [anti] terrorist budget at all," she said.
"And yet, everyone goes, 'we can't find money to save women and children's lives'."
Dr O'Neill - whose estranged husband killed their young children after the couple had separated - said it was a myth that once women and children were out of an immediate domestic violence situation, they were safe.
"Saving women and children's lives should be a moral and social obligation, not an economic one."
One of Mr Turnbull's first acts as Prime Minister was to announce $100 million in federal funding to address domestic violence in September.
He said Australians needed to take part in a "big cultural shift" to respect women.
At the time, the funds were criticised by Fair Agenda, who said they were a "good start" but "not enough".
Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said on top of the 2015 announcement, the government was providing $1.6 billion over the next five years to legal aid and community legal centres, as well as $230 million for the national partnership on homelessness.
"Any additional funding requests will be considered as part of normal budget considerations," Senator Cash said.
One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency, call 000.