The Domestic Violence Advocacy service for Sligo /Leitrim is warmly welcoming the new 'zero tolerance strategy' launched in recent days by Justice Minister Helen McEntee.
Over the next 18 months, legislation will go through the Oireachtas to establish a statutory authority over the implementation of the strategy.
One of the key points in the latest plan is to increase the maximum sentence from five years to ten years for assault causing harm - one of the most common charges in cases of domestic abuse.
The strategy is also aimed at doubling the number of refuge spaces where victims of domestic abuse can seek safety - over the next 5 years from 141 to 282.
Carmel McNamee from the Leitrim advocacy service says she's very happy to see plans to increase sentences for this crime.