A new charity which aims to arrange a court appearance for victims of domestic violence within 24 hours has been set up in the Thames Valley.
Victims will be helped to escape the trauma of domestic abuse
The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) will provide free advice and support to victims of any age, race, gender or sexuality.
Representatives from 25 firms of solicitors attended the launch at the police headquarters in Oxfordshire.
Research shows there are 13 million domestic violence incidents a year.
Steve Connor, chief executive of The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), said: "Hopefully we can now build on the success of the launch and form some good working relationships with the solicitor firms in the area.
"I'm confident that by standing together with Thames Valley Police we will send out a message that this crime will not be tolerated any longer and everything will be done to bring any perpetrators to justice."
Ch Supt Brian Langston, from Thames Valley Police, said: "Thames Valley Police welcomes the partnership of NCDV in helping victims to escape the trauma of domestic abuse.
"Would-be perpetrators need to understand that we treat all complaints seriously and that they should expect to end up in a police cell if we receive a call for help from an abused victim."