In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
Still New York's finest. (season 19)
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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. See more
Multiple cases are shown which have interstate or international components. While NYPD SVU detectives might cooperate in those cases, they would primarily be handled by the FBI or some other federal law enforcement agency. See more
M.E. Melinda Warner
[performing an autopsy with the detectives present
No fluids present. Tests show spermicide common in condoms.
[removes an organ from the body and weighs it
This is fun.
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. See more
Referenced in Law & Order: Fools for Love
I'm Not Driving Anymore
Written and Performed by Rob Dougan See more