Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein

Zach Klein
Columbus City Attorney
77 North Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
[email protected]

Domestic Violence / Stalking Unit

Mary Lynn Caswell, Domestic Violence Director
375 South High St
17th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-645-6232 (ph)
614-645-6548 (fx)

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:

Mary Lynn Caswell, Domestic Violence Director614-645-6413[email protected]
America Andrade, Domestic Violence Prosecutor614-645-6969[email protected]
Degerald Edwards, Domestic Violence Prosecutor614-645-8946[email protected]
Aaron Gullett, Domestic Violence Prosecutor614-645-8123[email protected]
Stephen Steinberg, Sr. Domestic Violence Prosecutor614-645-8930[email protected]
Bryon Trainer, Domestic Violence Prosecutor614-645-8835[email protected]
Abdi Abdullahi, Legal Administrative Assistant614-645-2541[email protected]
Krista Needles, Legal Administrative Assistant614-645-6232[email protected]

Domestic Violence Advocates:

Julienne Long, Advocacy Coordinator614-645-0319[email protected]
Keionna Ashcraft, Advocacy Coordinator614-645-8970[email protected]
Marissa Barragan, Victim Advocate614-645-0404[email protected]
Tina Boesch, Victim Advocate614-645-6708[email protected]
Kirsten Bonnette, Victim Advocate614-645-1598[email protected]
Rachel Careccia, Victim Advocate614-645-1597[email protected]
Raquel Delgado, Victim Advocate614-645-0310[email protected]
Brenda Gray, Victim Advocate614-645-0403[email protected]
Olivia Kuhn, Victim Advocate614-645-7386[email protected]
Aaron Lombardo, Victim Advocate614-645-7224[email protected]
Julia Pavlic, Victim Advocate614-645-2540[email protected]
Camryn Parsons, Victim Advocate614-645-8926[email protected]
Maria Ramirez, Victim Advocate614-645-7207[email protected]
Tori Serena, Victim Advocate614-645-0397[email protected]
Kimberly Shaw, Victim Advocate614-645-0399[email protected]
Kyndal Smith, Victim Advocate614-645-2542[email protected]
Mary Sokup, Victim Advocate614-645-3060[email protected]
Crystal Teamer, Victim Advocate614-645-0320[email protected]
Kristen Zimmerman, Victim Advocate614-645-0313[email protected]

Stalking Advocates:

David Fox, Cyber Crime614-645-3144[email protected]
Emma Wheeler, Stalking Advocate614-645-2543[email protected]

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" - Domestic Violence and Stalking Unit PSA 2022