Mariska Hargitay Joins Joe Biden in Domestic Violence Hotline Visit

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Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 01:35 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star and longtime women's rights advocate Mariska Hargitay joined Vice President Joe Biden on his visit to the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin on Wednesday.

The Hotline, which offers 24/7 support to domestic violence victims, was created through the Biden-sponsored Violence Against Women Act that was approved by Congress in 1994, according to the Austin Statesman.

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Hargitay, who's starred for 14 seasons as sex crimes Detective Olivia Benson on NBC's "SVU," is also the president and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, a victim's services organization that aims to educate and heal women.

"I am deeply honored to join Vice President Biden in shining a light on the tremendous work being done by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a longtime partner of the Joyful Heart Foundation," Hargitay said in a statement. "The Hotline stands as an indispensable resource to help break the isolation that so many victims of domestic violence feel. I am eager not only to see new innovations and resources made possible through Verizon’s ongoing support, but also to celebrate the commitment and care the Hotline’s advocates bring to their work every day. And I will of course never stop celebrating Vice President Biden’s vision and leadership that allowed the Hotline to be created."

Hargitay opened up about her commitment to helping victims of domestic violence last month on Katie Couric's daytime talk show.

"This is an epidemic that is afflicting our society and I believe that it is an epidemic we can change," she said. "For the first time in history, the domestic violence and the sexual assault movements, the two communities, are coming together with this symbol," she said of the blue circle that's part of the No More campaign. "It’s to this movement what the pink ribbon was to breast cancer, what the red ribbon did for HIV/AIDS; it got people together, under one umbrella, talking about it."

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