Gabrielle N. Helix is the Domestic Violence Resource Prosecutor for the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services, supporting the District Attorneys’ Offices throughout Alabama. Gabrielle is a resource for law enforcement, advocates and fellow prosecutors; and, anyone else who may need assistance in the areas of family violence and co-occurring crimes. She continues to prosecute cases referred from the AG’s office or Alabama DA offices.
Before her current position, she served as an Assistant District Attorney for Madison County. She worked exclusively in the Sex Crimes & Family Violence Unit co-located at the National Children’s Advocacy Center. During her tenure at the DA’s office, she was a frequent speaker for OPS, community groups, and organizations. She also served as a faculty trainer for the NCAC. She has written for local and national publications and has served as an expert for local news outlets.
Gabrielle joined the DA’s office leaving behind her private law practice. As a private practitioner, she concentrated on defending those charged with domestic violence, sexual violence, and crimes against children. Gabrielle represented clients in family law matters, juvenile dependency, and delinquency cases. She was a certified guardian ad litem in criminal, dependency and, civil cases such as wrongful death actions and liability actions when juveniles were involved.
These are the very same issues she concentrates on today, just from the other side of the “v.” This unique background enables her to recognize and speak to issues on both sides. She can also draw from experience to solve problems that are outside prosecution.
Gabrielle volunteered her time in private practice as the Juvenile Drug Court Legal Advocate, assisting the Drug Court team. The Alabama Bar Association recognized her through the Pro Bono Honor Roll for her work with the Volunteer Lawyers Program and HEROES program.
While in law school on an honor scholarship, she received the Most Outstanding Student Award and served as the Vice-Chancellor of Sigma Delta Kappa Legal Honor Society. She graduated summa cum laude and as the class Salutatorian.
Pre-legal career, Gabrielle worked under the auspices of the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the US Embassy in Riyadh. After her time in the Kingdom, she became a television journalist working for ABC and NBC affiliates and an independent print media writer.
Gabrielle and her husband have been married just shy of 30 years and have three adult children and two grandchildren. Gaby and Bruce share their home with three rescue pups and three rescued cats, a chicken, and a miniature horse, named Sir Butter.