The Cabinet will be asked to agree a new zero tolerance strategy for domestic, sexual and gender based violence this morning.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will publish details later.

The new strategy will have a 363 million euro budget over five years and will have four pillars - Protection, Prevention, Prosecution and Policy Co-ordination.

The policy includes a promise to double the number of refuge places from 141 to more than 280 - and the establishment of a new agency and guidelines around refuges

Changes to laws too include a doubling of the maximum sentence for assault causing harm from 5 to 10 years.

There will also be more training across frontline services including training for healthcare staff to identify signs of domestic abuse.

The plan includes the establishment of a statutory agency for domestic, sexual and gender based violence by January 1 2024.

It will co-ordinate the efforts and annual action plans must be delivered with progress reports every six months.


Latest News