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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Perfect Presents for a Cause
April 26th, 2012 • Where Can I Find The Perfect
By Libby Steven
The sale of each of these head-turning coral baubles goes to the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Violence Against Women Act helps restore lives
April 26th, 2012 • National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
By Mariska Hargitay
Our Senators must act now to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the landmark achievement in the movement to end violence against women and girls. VAWA revolutionized the way violent crimes against women are prosecuted and prevented, reshaped the way victims receive services and transformed the way communities respond to survivors. read more
Actress Mariska Hargitay: Violence Against Women Act Saves Lives (Video)
April 26th, 2012 • The New Civil Rights Movement
By David Badash
Mariska Hargitay, best known for her role on TV’s “Law And Order,” says in this video that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) saves lives, and adds that “restricting it to only some members of our community” defeats its purpose. Hargitay, an Emmy Award winner and daughter of the late actress Jayne Mansfield, is also the founder of and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps women who have been sexually abused. read more
Violence Against Women Act helps restore lives
April 26th, 2012 • The Hill
By Mariska Hargitay
Our Senators must act now to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the landmark achievement in the movement to end violence against women and girls. VAWA revolutionized the way violent crimes against women are prosecuted and prevented, reshaped the way victims receive services and transformed the way communities respond to survivors. read more
NYC's Denim Day tomorrow will support victims of rape, sexual assault
April 24th, 2012 • Metro New York
By Allison Bowen
New Yorkers are encouraged to wear jeans tomorrow in support of sexual assault victims. Politicians and advocates rallied today on the steps of City Hall for Denim Day, which kicks off tomorrow. read more
Denim Day in LA & USA Is April 25, 2012
April 24th, 2012 • HPC MarketWire
By Peace Over Violence
Millions of people will wear jeans on Wednesday, April 25 to participate in Denim Day in LA & USA to raise awareness around sexual violence issues and support survivors of sexual assault. read more
There Is No Excuse
April 24th, 2012 • The Huffington Post
By Mariska Hargitay and Patti Giggans
Italy, 1992. A 45-year-old driving instructor picks up an 18-year-old girl for her first lesson, takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and rapes her. She courageously tells her parents. They help and support her in pressing charges, leading to the perpetrator's arrest and prosecution. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. read more
Cleveland police join cities nationwide testing old evidence from sexual-assault cases
April 22nd, 2012 • Cleveland Plain Dealer
By Rachel Dissell
More than two years ago, Cleveland police started an ambitious project to account for thousands of pieces of evidence in sexual assault cases going back at least 20 years. In doing so, they join a growing number of cities across America that are testing old evidence that has the potential to solve cold cases and offer some solace for victims, even in cases that can't be prosecuted. read more
Sensational NBC Summer Preview Press Day
April 20th, 2012 • Hollywood Today
By Valerie Milano & Lorraine Chambers
Sitting solo on stage, beautiful Mariska Hargitay of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ chats about her 13th seasons in the role as Olivia Benson as the 14th season is approaching. Besides being an award winning actress, Mariska has used her voice in support of her charity, Joyful Heart Foundation which offers healing, wellness and empowerment programs for survivors of abuse and the professionals who care for them. read more
Check Out Mariska Hargitay's Organization
April 17th, 2012 • The Ellen Show
By Ellen Degeneres
On her show, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" Mariska often deals with women who have suffered from abuse. She has created an incredible organization called the Joyful Heart Foundation to support them. You can find out more at JoyfulHeartFoundation.org. read more
Kukui Connection: Kata Issari
April 16th, 2012 • Hawaii House Blog
On this week's episode of Kukui Connection, Rep. Marilyn Lee welcomes Kata Issari, Hawaii Regional Director of the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Foundation was created by Mariska Hargitay, of the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in 2004. Joyful Heart's mission is to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse and shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. read more
A Star Fights Abuse in Hawaii
April 3rd, 2012 • MidWeek
By Yu Shing Ting
The Joyful Heart Foundation, created by Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is taking on child abuse in Hawaii with the One Strong Ohana campaign read more
1in6, Inc. and Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation Announce Partnership to Kick Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 2nd 2012 • Yahoo! News
By Steve LePore, 1in6
In recognition of April serving as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 1in6, Inc.—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help men who experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives—proudly announces their recent partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Emmy Award-winning actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with the mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. read more
Cuomo Signs Law to Expand New York's DNA Databank
March 19th, 2012 • From the G Man
By Joella Marano
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joined by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today signed into law a historic bill that makes New York State the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or Penal Law misdemeanor. In addition, the new law also significantly expands defendants' access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction where innocence is claimed. read more
Cuomo, thronged by crimestoppers, signs DNA bill
March 19th, 2012 • Albany Times Union
By Casey Seiler
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill expanding the state’s DNA database to include misdemeanors in addition to felonies. Left out of that list of crimes: first-offense misdemeanor marijuana possession, a crime that Assemblywoman Barbara Clark [corrected] noted scoops up a disproportionate number of black and Latino youths. read more
Congress must reauthorize VAWA now
March 15th, 2012 • The Hill
By Mariska Hargitay and Terri Poore
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark in the movement to end violence against women and girls, is up for re-authorization. Authored by then-Senator Joseph Biden and signed into law in 1994, VAWA revolutionized the way violent crimes against women are prosecuted and prevented, and the way communities respond to survivors. read more
Awaiting Assembly Action State Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion; Sheriff Gerace Calls Bill A ‘No-Brainer’
March 11th, 2012 • The Post-Journal
By Andrew Carr
The New York State Assembly is on deck to approve the state's DNA Databank Expansion Bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed the expansion of the bill to include all misdemeanor convictions. read more
Mariska Hargitay's 'Joy Rocks' Event Fights Against Domestic Violence With Special Honoree Joe Torre
March 8th, 2012 • The Hollywood Reporter
By Rachel Shapiro
The Joyful Heart foundation was created by Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse. Hargitay hosted the “Joy Rocks” celebration event, which made more than $150,000 during a star-studded brunch at the House of Blues on a sunny Sunday afternoon, March 4. read more
Hawaii: In Real Life ~ One Strong Ohana
March 7th, 2012 • Non Stop Honolulu
By Melissa Chang
In the United States, nearly four children die every day as a result of child abuse and neglect. More than three quarters of these children are under the age of five and more than 40 percent of young victims won’t live to see their first birthday. In 2010, 4,199 cases of child abuse were reported in Hawaii. And yet, most of these could have been prevented: Studies show that the stronger the support network parents have, the less likely they are to abuse their children. read more
From 'SVU' to 'SNL': 'Law & Order's' Hargitay wants a shot at late-night laughs
March 7th, 2012 • Today Show
By Mark Malkin
Listen up, "Saturday Night Live": We think it's time you let Mariska Hargitay host! read more
Mariska Hargitay Talks Hosting Saturday Night Live: I'm Funnier Than You Think!
March 7th, 2012 • E! Online
By Mark Malkin
Listen up, "Saturday Night Live": We think it's time you let Mariska Hargitay host! read more
Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Spoiler: Upcoming Episode to Tackle Sexual Assault
March 5th, 2012 • Wetpaint
By Rebecca Martin
While Grey's Anatomy is known for its wacky, even sometimes funny, medical cases, Shonda Rhimes isn't afraid of facing more prevalent, serious issues head-on when she wants to. read more
Is It the End for Grey's Anatomy's Owen and Cristina?
March 5th, 2012 • TV Guide
By Carita Risso

Uh oh! It looks like bad news for fans who hope that Grey's Anatomy docs Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) can still save their marriage.

"It's just sad and hard right now," Oh told TV Guide Magazine at Sunday's L.A. benefit for Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation which supports survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. "If there's [hope], I can't see it right now."

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Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Are Serious Issues for Hawaii
March 1st, 2012 • Civil Beat
By Kata Issari
I will never forget the first time I answered a sexual assault hotline and spoke to a woman on the other side of the line. She had just been raped by a family member and her voice shook as she hid in a closet in the basement of her house, yet she bravely stayed on the phone for two hours while we explored how to help her find a path to safety. read more
Cuomo: DNA bill shouldn’t be subject to ‘Albany game’
February 29th, 2012 • Albany Times Union
By Casey Seiler
In a Red Room jam-packed with law enforcement officials and victims advocates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressed the case for his expansion of the state DNA database to include samples from all misdemeanor and felony convictions — and resisted calls to expand the legislation to include other criminal justice reforms. read more

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