When she fled to a shelter, police told her husband her whereabouts and staff at the shelter encouraged her to reconcile with him, it added.
"Turkey has gone through exemplary reform on women's human rights but police, prosecutors, judges and social workers need to make the system exemplary in practice," Gauri added.
The report comes ahead of the adoption by the Council of Europe, currently chaired by Turkey, of a convention against domestic violence. The convention is due to be signed in Istanbul on May 11.
A 2009 survey by Turkey's Hacettepe university found around 42 percent of women aged over 15, and 47 percent of rural women, had experienced violence at the hands of a husband or partner at some point in their lives. Only 8 percent of them sought help.
Human Rights Watch urged Turkey to ensure its own laws met the convention, and to provide more shelters and better training for police.
Fatma Sahin, a member of parliament for the southeastern city of Gaziantep, has proposed an amendment to the law which would extend cover to women who are in relationships but not
married and provide financial support to those under protection.