It has often been postulated in films and writings that at one time domestic violence against women was not a serious matter. We see it in movies representing a different time in the world, we read about it in novels and we see evidence in the writings of authorities on the subject. Once, domestic violence, particularly against women, was accepted as a "natural expression of male dominance." Fortunately, humans have evolved into a more aware species with most of us understanding and agreeing that violence is never acceptable.
As people have evolved, the remedies against domestic violence offered by the justice system have evolved as well. Now, the law takes a much more serious-minded approach to such violence. Attempts at law reform addressing domestic violence have increased over the years as evidenced by this paper for the Battered Women's Justice Project.