I am pleased to announce the creation of a Special Victims Unit (SVU) within the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Office. This unit will prosecute 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 will handle 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 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.