Detective Olivia Benson
MARISKA HARGITAY AS DETECTIVE OLIVIA BENSON IN LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
Olivia is not only an accomplished, street-smart cop, she's also an empathetic woman who can respond emotionally to victims of terrible crimes without compromising her professionalism." says Hargitay.
A product of rape herself, Olivia Benson is one of the detectives of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit. Never knowing her father, she was raised by her alcoholic mother. She then went on to be accepted and graduate from Sienna College, assumingly with a degree in Criminal Justice. Olivia has always displayed an incredible ability to connect with rape victims and help them find at least a few minutes of comfort and peace of mind. She is always fighting for the victim, and always looking out for the right thing. Her partner in SVU is the rash and hot headed Elliot Stabler. Her calm and peaceful demeanor balances the duo out and makes them a formidable team. Though Olivia is a calm person, she has shot her weapon more times than the other detective (killing two and wounding two others.) She often sides with the victim until irrefutable or incredibly strong evidence proves her wrong, and often becomes upset when a victim has blatantly lied to her.