More than just playing Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s LAW & ORDER:SVU, Mariska Haritay’s role on the show has led the actress to founding a real life organization to help crime victims of domestic violence, child and sexual abuse. Founded in 2004, The Joyful Heart Foundaton helps to heal victims of various domestic crimes and restore their lives as much as possible. And, it is by no means uncommon for some actors in crime TV shows to begin work to help law enforcement or crime victims. Polly Perrette from NCIS is well known to be a huge friend of AMERICA’S MOST WANTED for example, and to support crime victim efforts. She has twice times offered up $10,000 cash rewards to find murderers, and has supported other efforts to bring justice as well.
Sometimes it seems that real life and TV drama meet up.