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 the details later.
The new Zero Tolerance strategy will have a €363 million 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 are on the way too, including 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 1st 2024.
It will co-ordinate the efforts and annual action plans must be delivered with progress reports every six months.
Main image: Justice Minister Helen McEntee
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