A leading anti-violence campaigner has decried the lack of affordable safe housing options for victims of domestic violence.
Gold Coast mother Teresa Bradford was killed by her estranged husband David on Tuesday, less than three weeks after Bradford was granted bail on domestic violence charges against the 40-year-old mother of four.
Friends of Ms Bradford said she had been trying to leave the family home at Pimpama with her children after learning of her husband's release from custody.
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence director Di Macleod says realistic safe housing options remains a key issue for those working with domestic violence victims.
"We've got temporary fixes," Ms Macleod told AAP.
"We've got refuges - but they're not always available and people end up in motels. Imagine sitting your time out in a motel room with four kids? It's just not practical and we hear women say they're tired of moving around.
"Why are they the ones running to save their lives?"
Ms Macleod has called on federal and state governments to look at the issue to provide "safe, affordable" housing options.
She says the lack of practical alternatives can often sway a victim from leaving an abusive home.
Ms Bradford was the fifth woman on the Gold Coast to be allegedly killed by her partner in the past 16 months.
In 2016 there were 3548 protection order applications from domestic and family violence in the Southport Domestic Violence Court.
The court dealt with 1648 domestic violence order breach matters last year.
Victoria Shiel, director of the Gold Coast Community Legal Service, says domestic violence matters are becoming one of the biggest day-to-day issues they deal with.
"We have noticed a dramatic increase in calls for help in the past three years and now one-in-three people that seek our help want help with a domestic violence issue. Three years ago it was one in 10," she told AAP.
Greens Senator Larissa Waters says despite the increased need, proposed federal funding cuts to community legal services would put domestic violence victims at even more risk.
"If we really want to end this national crisis that impacts one-in-three Australian women and sees more than one woman murdered by their current or former partner each week, we need more than words," she said, calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to scrap the proposed cuts.