A new ‘zero tolerance strategy’ to tackle domestic, sexual and gender based violence goes before cabinet today.
There’s a 363 million euro budget set for the plans expected to be published later by the Justice Minister Helen McEntee.
The policy will include a doubling of the maximum sentence for assault causing harm from 5 to 10 years.
While it’s proposed the number of places in women’s refuges across the the country would be doubled from 141 to 280.
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.