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Mariska Hargitay Raises $700K at Hollywood JoyRocks Benefit
September 27, 2013 • The Hollywood Reporter
Natalie Stone
The "Law and Order: SVU" actress drums up support to end domestic violence and sexual assault: "We're going to change the world." read more
Mariska Hargitay raises funds for domestic violence victims
September 27, 2013 • MSN
Actress Mariska Hargitay has raised $700,000 (£466,660) to benefit victims of domestic violence. The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star was joined by her former co-star Christopher Meloni, as well as Hilary Swank and Marcia Gay Harden on Thursday (26Sep13) in Los Angeles for the JoyRocks and Joyful Heart Foundation benefit dinner, which aims to raise awareness and funds to combat domestic violence. read more
Mariska Hargitay Says "NO MORE" to Sexual Assault + Domestic Violence
October 18, 2013 • MTV Act Blog
Claire Biggs
On the small screen, fighting sexual assault and domestic violence is usually reserved for the cops who work in the Special Victims Unit. In reality, however, that role belongs to all of us. At least that’s what “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay believes. read more
Mariska Hargitay Says Thank You For Funding Rape Kit Backlog
March 6, 2014 • Ecorazzi
Maria Mooney
ENDTHEBACKLOG is a part of the Joyful Heart Foundation’s initiative to end the injustice of untested rape kits, and its efforts have not gone unnoticed. read more
Mariska Hargitay says this issue hasn't changed in the 18 years she's been on SVU
September 14, 2016 • Refinery29
Shannon Carlin

Mariska Hargitay is opening up about how her role on Law & Order: SVU has made her an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.

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Mariska Hargitay snaps 'selfie' with Biden
March 13, 2013 • The Hill
Emily Goodin
Add actress Mariska Hargitay to the list of celebrity fans of Vice President Biden. read more
Mariska Hargitay talks 'SVU'
February 4, 2014 • CBS News
The Talk
Mariska Hargitay discusses how her role on 'Law and Order: SVU' influenced her decision to found the Joyful Heart Foundation, and shaped the mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Mariska Hargitay Talks Hosting Saturday Night Live: I'm Funnier Than You Think!
March 7th, 2012 • E! Online
Mark Malkin
Listen up, "Saturday Night Live": We think it's time you let Mariska Hargitay host! read more
Mariska Hargitay tears up at Joyful Revolution Gala, talks 'huge progress' of domestic violence, sexual assault awareness
May 7, 2015 • Daily News

Mariska Hargitay couldn't be prouder of how far her foundation has come.

The "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress, who founded the Joyful Heart organization in 2004, teared up when talking about it to the Daily News' Confidential column at Wednesday's Joyful Revolution Gala.


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Mariska Hargitay to Produce Documentary on Rape Kit Backlog (Exclusive)
March 10, 2014 • The Hollywood Reporter
Lesley Goldberg
The "Law & Order: SVU" star's Joyful Heart Foundation will serve as a beneficiary of the film. read more
Mariska Hargitay to Receive Star on the Walk of Fame
November 8, 2013 • The Variety
Randee Dawn
Over the years, Hargitay may not have become Benson, but she’s channeled the dark energy the show can put out into advocacy and charity work. read more
Mariska Hargitay's 'Joy Rocks' Event Fights Against Domestic Violence With Special Honoree Joe Torre
March 8th, 2012 • The Hollywood Reporter
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
Mariska Hargitay, Actress and Founder of Joyful Heart Foundation to Speak At the National Press Club, March 13
March 11, 2013 • Hawaii News Now
PR Newswire
Mariska Hargitay, the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actress who stars as Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will speak at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on March 13. read more
Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank, and Debra Messing’s Joyful Hearts and More
May 10th, 2012 • InStyle
Leah Abrahams
Mariska Hargitay welcomed friends Hilary Swank and Debra Messing to celebrate with her at the fifth annual Joyful Revolution Gala New York City, in honor of the organization she founded, the Joyful Heart Foundation. The non-profit focuses on supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, a cause that Hargitay became well-acquainted with after working on Law & Order: SVU. Click through to see more stars who stepped out for last night’s hottest parties. read more
Mariska Hargitay: A Hollywood star for an actress – and activist (+video)
November 9, 2013 • The Christian Science Monitor
David Clark Scott
Mariska Hargitay got a Hollywood star for her role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." But Mariska Hargitay also heads a foundation against domestic violence. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Joyful Heart Gala with Hilary Swank!
May 21st, 2011 • Just Jared
Just Jared
Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank attend the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala on Tuesday (May 17) at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Staying Sane When Life Is Moving Fast
September 10th, 2010 • Good Housekeeping
David Keeps
TV's favorite cop on managing tricky marriage moments, ignoring her son's bedtime — and staying safe and sane when life is moving a little too fast. read more
Mariska Hargitay: The Haircut That Almost Got Me Fired
September 23, 2013 • Yahoo! Daily Shot
Ali Wentworth
Mariska Hargitay sits down with Ali Wentworth to discuss Season 15 of Law and Order: SVU, the role Detective Olivia Benson has played in her life and the work she does with the Joyful Heart Foundation read more
Mariska Hargitay: ‘My Kids Are All Fearless’
July 9th, 2012 • People Magazine
Catherine Kast
When Mariska Hargitay isn’t collaring criminals on Law and Order, SVU, she’s spending her days off with her family in the Hamptons. read more
Mariska Hargitay: “Do the KIND Thing”
September 17th, 2012 • She Knows
Celebrity Photo Girl
Emmy award-winning actress of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay is encouraging people everywhere to “Do the KIND Thing” in support of her Joyful Heart Foundation, which is her non-profit organization that helps empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Mariska Hargitay’s Charitable “Philosophy”
November 13th, 2009 • People Magazine
Jen Garcia
While she may play tough as nails detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this Hollywood actress is showing off her big heart by using her spare time to give back to women in need. Hargitay and her Joyful Heart Foundation joined forces with philosophy to build “healing kits” for women in shelters throughout the LA area to draw attention to the massive budget cuts to the state’s domestic violence services. read more
Mariska Hargitay’s Doc ‘I Am Evidence’ Is An Eye-Opening Look At The Rape Kit Backlog
May 2, 2017 • The Huffington Post
Stephanie Marcus

If you were to watch almost any episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” it’s likely that some form of sexual assault would take place, the victim would be given a rape kit at the hospital, and the dedicated detectives investigating would send the kit off to be tested for DNA evidence.

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Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation and the Power of Vulnerability
May 23, 2017 • StyleCaster
Christina Grasso

Mariska Hargitay may be best known for her role as Olivia Benson, the badass lieutenant on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” now going into its 19th season. But what many people may not know is that her work on the hit show inspired her to use her platform for tremendous good by helping survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. In other words, her level of badassery transcends that of her character’s on the show that I, like so many others, grew up watching.

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Marketplace: The Retail Scene
May 2nd, 2012 • The Orange County Register
Lana Johnson
At FASHION ISLAND, from May 1-31, Bloomingdale's invites you to help support the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Mass. House approves proposal to create tracking system for untested rape kits and evaluate backlog
November 15, 2017 • MassLive
Scott J. Croteau

The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a proposal to overhaul the state's policy for tracking and testing rape kits.

The proposal was adopted as an amendment to the criminal justice reform bill passed Tuesday night. House Minority Leader Bradley Jones Jr. proposed the amendment, which calls for the creation of a rape kit tracking system with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

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