The Government has announced plans to establish an official office to tackle and prevent domestic violence.
The move to set up the Irish Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence was announced by Tánaiste Michael McDowell today at the launch of the new National Women's Strategy.
Mr McDowell says it will be established by early summer and headed by a senior civil servant at the Department of Justice.
The objective is to reduce what the Tánaiste called the "despicable" crime of domestic violence.
The new office will be staffed by experts from various existing agencies and will liaise closely with victim support groups and treatment groups for perpetrators.