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Justice Minister Helen McEntee will bring a five-year ‘zero-tolerance’ plan to combat domestic violence to Cabinet today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will bring a five-year ‘zero-tolerance’ plan to combat domestic violence to Cabinet today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will bring a five-year ‘zero-tolerance’ plan to combat domestic violence to Cabinet today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s domestic, sexual and gender-based violence strategy is the product of 18 months of work. In fact, the five-year plan to enforce “zero tolerance” for rape, sexual violence and domestic abuse is the primary thing the Department of Justice has been working on since late 2020.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has the bittersweet benefit of having been in office at a time when a number of tragic and horrifying cases focused minds at the Cabinet and kitchen tables on the issue of violence against women.


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