Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein

Domestic Violence / Stalking Unit

Anne Murray, Director
375 South High St
17th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

This Unit facilitates prosecution and provides education, support, counseling, crisis intervention and overall assistance to victims of domestic violence and stalking.

Safety Alert : Computer use can be monitored and it is very difficult to completely clear all website footprints. If you are in danger, please use a safe computer that your abuser cannot access directly or remotely

Although all prosecutors in the City Attorney’s Office handle domestic violence cases, the Domestic Violence Unit has four specially trained prosecutors that are assigned to handle only domestic violence cases. These specialized prosecutors handle cases that include, but are not limited to, repeat assaults, egregious acts of violence, and victims that are high risk (including the elderly, children, and the disabled). For more information on what to expect, please click here.

Additionally, the Unit has several courtroom advocates who work in tandem with various community liaisons to provide a variety of services to domestic violence victims. In cooperation with community organizations like CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, Southeast Mental Health Service, Legal Aid, and Franklin County Children’s Services, the City Attorney’s Office provides a centralized resource and support system within the Unit.

The City Attorney's Office supports a Stalking Unit within the Domestic Violence Unit, created in 1988, to investigate menacing by stalking complaints, assist in evidence collection, and support stalking victims. Additionally, the Stalking Unit can assist victims in obtaining anti-stalking Civil Protection Orders.

Stalking occurs when a person engages in a pattern of conduct that knowingly causes the victim to believe the offender will cause physical harm or mental distress to them. Menacing by stalking is a crime under Ohio Revised Code Section 2903.211 and can disrupt a victim’s lifestyle and cause serious mental distress. This crime is a first degree misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine. A fifth degree felony may be filed if there is a previous stalking conviction.

Contact a representative in this Unit

Domestic Violence

Anne Murray, Domestic Violence
Mary Lynn Caswell, Sr. Domestic Violence
Allison Lippman, Sr. Domestic Violence
Yasmine Makridis, Domestic Violence
Stephen Steinberg, Sr. Domestic Violence
Michael Wander, Sr. Domestic Violence
Barbara Estes, Data Entry
Jackie Keller, Legal Investigator/
Daniela Rennie, Legal Administrative
Arvetta Simpson, Legal Administrative

Domestic Violence Advocates

Kimberly Kidd, Administrative Services
Kristi Timbrook, Courtroom Advocate
Marissa Barragan, Victim
Vannessa Cooper, Victim
Mary Culver, Victim
Trisha Fry, CHOICES Legal Advocate
Jessica Hatem, Victim
Amber Howell, Victim
Sarah Jackson, Victim
Kristina Lawler, Victim
Kathy Leon, Victim
Aaron Lombardo, Victim
Julienne Long, Victim
Betty Montero, Victim
Julia Pavlic, Arraignment Court
Nicole Simcox, F.C.C.S.
Shannon White, Victim

Stalking Advocates

David Fox, Cyber

If this is an emergency, contact your local police department or call 9-1-1.

You can also reach the CHOICES crisis hotline 24 hours a day at 224-4663

We also offer an online version of a booklet which explains more about what we do.

Online DV Booklet.pdf

About Protection Orders

"We're here to help" - a documentary about providing help and hope for victims of domestic violence