Stalking and strangulation are to be made standalone offences.

The Minister for Justice says it will form part of the government's zero tolerance approach to domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

The laws will allow the courts to issue orders restraining stalking without a criminal prosecution and will provide greater protection for alleged victims during the court process. 

Under the draft legislation, an offence of non-fatal strangulation will also be introduced. 

Mayo Fianna Fáil senator Lisa Chambers says the crime will be severely punished.

She has been speaking to Midwest News.

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