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Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit

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.

Sara Adair Farmer - Deputy Division Chief, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Ms. Farmer graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Justice Administration in 2004, and she also graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law with a J.D. degree in 2008. She was admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and sworn in as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in October 2008. Prior to becoming an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Ms. Farmer served as a Law Clerk at the Jefferson County Attorney's Office for over two years. She also externed at the Coroner's Office and the Legal Aid Society. She is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Ms. Farmer is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

Alicia Gomez - 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. Gomez is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

Bill Burt - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Mr. Burt received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1987, and he joined the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in November 2011. A native of Louisville's South End, Bill received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Louisville in 1983, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1986. In 1989 he began a 22 year career with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. For the last 14 of those years Bill was the Directing Attorney of DPA's Stanton office, which provides public defender services in Breathitt, Wolfe, Powell, Lee, Estill and Owsley Counties.

During his tenure with DPA, Mr. Burt tried over 100 cases to verdict, from DUI to capital murder. In 1998, he received DPA's Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Burt is a past member of the Breathitt/Wolfe County Drug Court Board. His further legal training includes completion of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Trial Practice Institute at the University of New Mexico Law School. Upon returning to Louisville, he sought to use his legal skills to benefit the safety and security of his hometown. Mr. Burt is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

Adrienne Henderson - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

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

Linda Bierman - Secretary
Melissa Reynolds -
Paralegal
Sarah Butler -
Paralegal
Sadie Durbin -
Paralegal
Sally Fangman - Victim Advocate
Mary Hamlet - Victim Advocate
Kabrenda Warfield - Victim Advocate

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