(Pictured left to right: Aubrey McGuire, James Judge, Amanda Naish, Todd Willard, Kimberly Baird, Traci Caneer. Not pictured: Jackie Alexander, Lindsey Studebaker, Katie Webster, Jenna Cassady)
Pictured above is the Special Victims Unit (SVU) within the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. This unit prosecutes crimes committed against some of Lexington’s most sensitive and vulnerable victims. These are victims whose lives are significantly changed by the nature of the crimes committed against them. The SVU handles cases involving domestic violence, sexual assaults, human trafficking, serious physical and sexual abuse of children, and physical abuse and neglect of the elderly. The Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys who work in this unit asked for this assignment, and they will receive specialized training for investigating and prosecuting these cases to ensure that offenders are held accountable and that victims are protected, are able to restore safety in their lives, and have a voice in the criminal justice system.