Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault
The Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Unit receives all DeKalb County domestic violence and adult sexual assault cases including domestic violence homicides. The Unit provides assistance to police agencies who ask Unit employees to review investigative files in which no arrest warrants have been issued. This provides the District Attorney’s Office the opportunity to further its relationship with law enforcement agencies and to ensure that each victim’s case is given the proper attention.
In addition to giving these special cases the expertise, care and commitment they deserve, the Unit also assists and trains law enforcement officers, medical personnel and crisis counselors in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault and informs judges of current domestic violence and sexual assault law to aid in fair rulings and appropriate sentences.
The Unit is led by Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Joanna Helsby.