A POLICE force has set out how it will support and assist victims of domestic abuse by launching a set of minimum service standards.

The Cleveland Police Victims Charter has been developed during partnership working between the force, the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Domestic Abuse Partnerships.

It summarises what victims of domestic abuse should expect from the police during the investigation and the criminal justice process.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “When victims take the brave step to report domestic abuse to the police, it’s essential that they feel like they are being believed and supported throughout the process.

“The development of the Victims Charter sets out exactly what a victim should expect from the force."