TV Series | TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.
After several years of playing Detective Olivia Benson and being exposed weekly to issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, in 2004 actress Mariska Hargitay started a foundation (called Joyful Heart) to help heal survivors' trauma and bring an end to the overwhelming backlog of untested rape kits and un- or under-investigated rape cases. In 2018 Hargitay produced an HBO documentary, "I Am Evidence," about the enormous backlog of untested rape kits in police custody across America.
Det. Elliot Stabler:
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During a number of episodes which portray trials which extend over a multi-day time periods, the jury is often shown wearing the same clothing as during the beginning of those trials.
From the second episode of the second season (2000-2001), the opening credits break the pattern followed by the earlier episodes of SVU, the original Law & Order, and Criminal Intent. Instead of the credits ending with a shot of the cast walking towards the camera, they instead are shown sitting around a desk.
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