A new zero-tolerance strategy for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is being brought to Cabinet this morning.
The Justice Minister Helen McEntee will publish details of the new €363m strategy later today.
The five-year plan will have four pillars – Protection, Prevention, Prosecution and Policy Co-ordination.
It aims to establish a new agency and guidelines for refuge centres – and to double the number of places available from 141 to more than 280.
Proposed law changes include a doubling of the maximum sentence for assault causing harm - one of the most common offences in domestic abuse cases - from five to 10 years.
There will also be additional training across frontline services – including training healthcare staff to identify signs of domestic abuse.
The plan will also see a new Statutory agency for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence established by January 1st, 2024.
It will co-ordinate State efforts and annual action plans must be delivered with progress reports every six months.