The Domestic Violence Unit specializes in prosecution of crimes involving relationship violence, and child (physical and sexual) abuse. This unit, through focused prosecution, espouses both the sensitive support of victims and education to break the "cycle of violence" which perpetuates in such situations.
Christie J. Foster - Division Chief, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Arson Liaison
Ms. Foster received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1997 and became an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in July of 2001. Ms. Foster received her Bachelor of Arts in History/Government in 1994 from Western Kentucky University and her Juris Doctor in 1997 from Tulane University. Before becoming an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Ms. Foster worked as an Associate for Sewell & Associates from 1998 to June of 2001. Ms. Foster also worked as a Student Attorney for the Tulane University Criminal Law Clinic from 1996 to 1997, as a Clerk for Seiller & Handmaker during the summer of 1996 and as a Clerk for Georgia Legal Services during the summer of 1995.
In addition, Ms. Foster is a member of Business and Professional Women/River City and a volunteer with Gilda's Club Louisville. She was bestowed with a 2009 Emily Award for her volunteer service with Gilda's Club. Ms. Foster is a professional member of the Indiana Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association. Ms. Foster is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.
Alicia Gomez - Deputy Division Chief, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Ms. Gomez graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville with a BA in Political Science in 2006, and she also graduated from the University of Louisville School of Law with a J.D. degree in 2010. While in law school, she was President of the Latin American Law Student Association. Ms. Gomez served for two and one-half years as a Law Clerk in the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, where she also performed a Criminal Justice Externship. In the past, she also served in an internship with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program. She is a professional member of the Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association, the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and a 2011 graduate of the LBA Leadership Academy.
Ms. Henderson received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2011. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 1997, an MS in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007, and her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Ms. Henderson was the recipient of the Legal Opportunity Fellowship, president of the UL Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, a member of the Midwest Region of the Black Law Students Association Board of Directors, the articles editor for the Journal of Law and Education, a student representative on the law school diversity counsel and a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Women's Law Caucus. Ms. Henderson was also an extern at the Legal Aid Society of Louisville. Ms. Henderson is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.
Diane Arnold - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Molly Stanley - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Ms. Stanley was admitted to the practice of law in 2012 and she joined the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in June 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science cum laude in Merchandising Apparel and Textiles from the University of Kentucky in 2006 and graduated from the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law in May 2012. While at Brandeis, Ms. Stanley was published in the University of Louisville Law Review and served as Symposium Editor for the journal. Additionally, Ms. Stanley served as a student attorney at the UofL Law Clinic, where she used a limited license to practice to represent victims of domestic violence during emergency protective hearings in Family Court. Before joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Stanley worked as a prosecutor in the domestic violence unit at the Jefferson County Attorney's Office.
Ms. Stanley is a professional member of the Louisville Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association. She is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.
Nathan Batey - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Linda Bierman - Secretary
Melissa Reynolds - Paralegal
Sarah Butler - Paralegal
Sadie Durbin - Paralegal
Sally Fangman - Victim Advocate
Mary Hamlet - Victim Advocate
Erica Matz - Victim Advocate