Media Archive by Year: 2012

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'Law & Order: SVU' Celebrates 300th episode
October 24th, 2012 • Tulsa World
Rita Sherrow
On Wednesday, "Law & Order: SVU" celebrates its 300th episode and, while victory is sweet, creator and executive producer Dick Wolf is well-aware no one is indispensable. 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
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
50 Facts About Domestic Violence
November 30, 2012 • Huffington Post
Soraya Chemaly
Sunday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of this year's16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. In the time it takes me to write this paragraph, 26 people--given our statistics probably all women--will be assaulted by an intimate partner in the U.S. In the roughly 48 hours between my writing and posting, at least six women in the US and hundreds if not thousands around the world will be killed by violent spouses. read more
A Joyful Heart Foundation And KIND Visit Safe Horizon's Manhattan Child Advocacy
October 23rd, 2012 • Zimbio
Actress Mariska Hargitay, Linda Fairstein and Maile Zambuto package healing kits for children currently seeking services at Safe Horizon's Manhattan Child Advocacy Center in support of The Joyful Heart Foundation and KIND Healthy Snacks' Do the KIND Thing program at Safe Horizon's Manhattan Child Advocacy Center on October 22, 2012 in New York City. read more
A Star Fights Abuse in Hawaii
April 3rd, 2012 • MidWeek
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
Actress Mariska Hargitay: Violence Against Women Act Saves Lives (Video)
April 26th, 2012 • The New Civil Rights Movement
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
Addressing Abuse
January 11th, 2012 • MidWeek
Kata Issari
When Mariska Hargitay began playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit more than a decade ago, the content of the scripts opened her eyes to the epidemic of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Awaiting Assembly Action State Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion; Sheriff Gerace Calls Bill A ‘No-Brainer’
March 11th, 2012 • The Post-Journal
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
Be Fearless, Men
June 6th, 2012 • Cool People Care
Sam Davidson
Joyful Heart Foundation wants to engage men, in the spirit of Father’s Day, as crucial participants and survivors themselves in the effort to address, prevent, and one day end sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse. That’s why the non-profit organization teamed up with leading jeweler Me&Ro to offer the “FEARLESSNESS” tube bracelet for men. read more
Beauty for a Cause
October 9th, 2012 • ABC 4
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are some beauty companies that support various causes. Fran’s Chocolates, founded by Fran Bigelow, is a proud supporter of the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Bloomingdale’s Welcomes Hampton’s Favorite Mariska Hargitay
May 30th, 2012 • Dan's Hamptons
The Soth Team
Last week, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street welcomed Hamptons favorite Mariska Hargitay, Founder and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation, in support of Joyful Heart’s 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
Broome County DA Voices Support for DNA Databank Expansion
January 24th, 2012 • Fox News Channel 40
Amanda Keeney
"I am 100% confident that of the elected DA's across the state will be supportive of this legislation," said Broome County District Attorney Gerry Mollen as he gathered with local law enforcement leaders Tuesday to voice their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's All Crimes DNA Bill. read more
Celebrities go shopping to support The Joyful Heart Foundation
July 6th 2012 • The Examiner
Cathy O'Brien
Celebrities came out to shop for a cause today in Bridgehampton, New York, at the Theodora & Callum boutique. The star-studded event directly benefitted New York charity organization The Joyful Heart Foundation. Celebrities were in a jovial mood as they attended the fundraiser with their families in tow, and wallet’s open, to shop for a cause. read more
Charitable Valentine’s Day Gifts From The Joyful Heart Foundation
January 30th, 2012 • Miss A
Lisa Beth Miller
Proceeds from the purchase of Joyful Heart products this Valentine's Day will be donated directly to the Foundation’s 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
Check Out Mariska Hargitay's Organization
April 17th, 2012 • The Ellen Show
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 read more
Cleveland police join cities nationwide testing old evidence from sexual-assault cases
April 22nd, 2012 • Cleveland Plain Dealer
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
Congress must reauthorize VAWA now
March 15th, 2012 • The Hill
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
Cuomo Signs Law to Expand New York's DNA Databank
March 19th, 2012 • From the G Man
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
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
Cuomo: DNA bill shouldn’t be subject to ‘Albany game’
February 29th, 2012 • Albany Times Union
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
Debate grows over DNA database expansion
January 23rd, 2102 • Fox News
Julie Tremble
New York law enforcement officials are pushing for a major expansion to the state's DNA databank. If approved, the state would require those convicted of misdemeanor crimes to submit DNA samples just like felony convicts already do. read more
Debra Messing, Ice-T, Coco, Sam Ronson Party With Mariska Hargitay For Real-Life Special Victims
May 10th, 2012 • VH1
Sabrina Rojas Weiss
I’m sure almost every night in New York and Los Angeles, there is a room that contains handfuls of celebrities, bankers and society ladies clinking glasses and pledging thousands to some cause or another. But, though I have been to a whole lot of those kinds of soirees, I feel like the one I went to last night, a benefit for the Joyful Heart Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC, is a little bit different from the others. read more
Denim Day in LA & USA Is April 25, 2012
April 24th, 2012 • HPC MarketWire
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
Emmys 2012: 'Blue Bloods' Has Given Tom Selleck Cred With the NYPD
September 12, 2012 • Hollywood Reporter
Jordan Zakarin
Of course, if there’s any TV expert on the nitty-gritty of New York police work, it’s Hargitay. Entering her 14th season as Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, the franchise darling has a special connection to her character. read more
Famous New York moms on Mother's Day gifts
May 6th, 2012 • New York Daily News
Nicole Lyn Pesce
New York Daily News surveyed celebrity moms on best gifts to give and get for Mother's Day. read more