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Mariska Hargitay Uses ‘Law & Order’ Platform To Push Domestic Violence Campaign

Mariska Hargitay Uses 'Law & Order' Platform To Push Domestic Violence Campaign

Mariska Hargitay plays a tough detective on Law & Order whose cases often deal with domestic violence and sexual assault.

Now Hargitay is doing something similar in real life.

The actress is leading a number of others in Hollywood for a campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault called No More. The campaign includes public service announcements directed by Hargitay herself.

Hargitay said she hopes the effort will take a national stature the way other celebrity-backed awareness campaigns have.

“This is an epidemic that is afflicting our society and I believe that it is an epidemic we can change,” Hargitay said. “For the first time in history, the domestic violence and the sexual assault movements, the two communities, are coming together with this symbol. It’s to this movement what the pink ribbon was to breast cancer, what the red ribbon did for HIV/AIDS; it got people together, under one umbrella, talking about it.”

Joining Mariska Hargitay in the campaign are Courteney Cox, Amy Poehler, Debra Messing, Tate Donovan and fellow Law & Order star Ice-T.

The public service announcements were funded by the Joyful Heart Foundation, featuring a circular blue symbol that Hargitay said she hopes will become synonymous with the fight against domestic violence.

“The shame and stigma belongs with the perpetrator,” she said. “Let’s not stand by; let’s not accept it anymore. No more.”

Mariska Hargitay has some power behind her movement. The television star has built up a reputation for her advocacy in domestic violence issues, and this year was placed near the top of the list of highest-paid television actresses. Hargitay finished No. 2 on the list behind Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, earning $11 million from June 2012 to June 2013.

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10 Responses to “Mariska Hargitay Uses ‘Law & Order’ Platform To Push Domestic Violence Campaign”

  1. Anonymous

    Domestic violence, sexual abuse, reach alarming statistics. We know that it will never end. But we have to do something to reduce these numbers. Mariska has the strength, the determination, the courage to face these issuhitherto concealed by shame and prejudice. Its foundation is wonderful and has helped quite the survivors. To this woman I do reverence.

  2. Joan Marie Rooks

    She has an enormous social conscience as large as her beauty and talent. She does so much, and with the usual fanfare. Has been doing this work for over a decade. She should be recognized for all her work but that would only embarrass her. Hope she is always on TV…and Hollywood is foolish not to put that talent and beauty on the screen

  3. Christopher Michael Moore

    I am all for it, as long as her group concedes that women AND men can be both the perpetrators AND victims of domestic violence. It is a behavior learned in childhood, sometimes due to abusive parents, sometimes not. The children have learned that the right way to handle disagreements is through violence, and then take that lesson into their adult relationships.

  4. Anonymous

    "Joining Mariska Hargitay in the campaign are Courteney Cox, Amy Poehler, Debra Messing, Tate Donovan and fellow Law & Order star Ice-T."

    That's a he77 of a cast. I'd watch that movie any day.

  5. Anonymous

    Um…you know that a big part of why Mariska's gotten involved in that community is because her brother was in an abusive relationship, right?

  6. Geronimo Smith

    I REMEMBER her mother.. Jayne Mansfield was a gorgeous lady. And she had a horrendous car accident in 1967. I have always been a fan of Mariska, and didn't know that her mom was Mansfield, but I thought her father was a bodybuilder. When iwatch her on the series now, she is always so exact and good at her job as an actress. Then last week, it was such an exciting, yet horrible story, and it is to be CONTINUED. That is what I can't stand… those continous episodes. Another one good episode was when she went undercover in a prison… and a guard molested her. I hope she wins more AWARDS..she just keeps getting better, and her mother is PROUD as she is always not far away. GOOD LUCK.

  7. Daniel Thomas

    I really enjoy Ms. Hargitay's character, Olivia Benson, on L&O. I think she is a great (over-used adjective I know) actress, appears to be or at least comes across on screen as a warm, caring individual and is definitely not difficult on the eyes whether with or without makeup. I really enjoy a strong physical exterior character in a woman with of course the warm accouterments of the interior. I wish her campaign well, big time. NOW, why isn't Mr. Ice (T) coming up with something along similar lines for all the young Black males in this society that cannot determine a positive path and goal(s) for themselves and the children they father? Where is that campaign? There are campaigns seemingly for women, gays, transgendered children, the hypochondriacs, dogs, cats but none known for Black males: what's up with that Shemar Moore, Ice T, Don Cheadle, Don Lemon, Russell Simmons, Cuba Gooding…..?????

  8. Malinda Sherwyn

    Thank you for your work on this issue Mariska Hargitay and for your work with Detective Deirdre Fischel on "Telling Amy's Story on PBS. Would like to push this issue a little further. Each week we read and see "Josh Powell" style murder/suicides in this country in which domestic violence perpetrators annihilate the entire family and then turn the gun on themselves or blow up the house with the family inside. Standing with shocked and disbelieving neighbors, the press reports these crimes…. BUT, the press rarely, if ever reports the source. The source of untold suffering are the terrible rulings handed down to domestic violence victims in Family Law and Dependency Courts in this nation ….as they are forced by Judges into shared parenting with their batterers. According to Barry Goldstein, DV Advocate and author, most Family Law cases involving child custody, are settled amicably between two fit, safe, parents to the benefit of their children. However, 3.8 percent of child custody cases go to trail and far beyond…. 90 percent of those cases involve the most dangerous domestic violence perpetrators, who use the courts to maintain control over their victims and to continue the abuse by attempting and often succeeding taking the children away from the victim. If DV victims get up the courage to enter a Family Law Court to extricate themselves from the violence and to protect themselves and their children, they soon find out, that they are accused by their abusers and their representatives, of lying and of alienating the children to gain advantage in Court proceedings. Too often, Judges and highly paid court appointees, favor the abusers, regardless of evidence presented and known histories, of violence, drug/alcohol, sexual abuse and even with restraining orders in Court files.. Judges lean toward at least 50/50 custody of children with known abusers and those decisions make for the worst outcomes for victims and their children. Shared custody presupposes two safe, fit, loving parents…too often Judges are getting it wrong… and as the body count of DV victims and children rise on a weekly basis… absolutely nothing is done in the leadership of this country about this…Judges who suppress, ignore grave warnings and hard evidence by mandated reporters, including, teachers, and medical doctors shrug their shoulders and so do court appointees when these deaths occur… as they continue to enjoy immunity. Thank you for your efforts Ms. Hargitay…sorry to load more on… but that 90% I speak of above, needs your attention, exposure and help…

  9. Christopher Michael Moore

    I did not know that. Thank you for the info. I was just concerned that the normal diatribe from movements like this are all about saving the poor defenseless women and children from the evil manster. Kudos to her if she does it right!

  10. Patricia Scanlon

    indeed. the number of men suffering intimate partner violence in the gay community mirrors the horrible incidence among heteros.