|Name:||Olivia Margaret Benson|
|Profession:||Commanding Officer of the SVU squad|
|Family:||Serena Benson (mother) (deceased)|
Joseph Hollister (father) (deceased)
Simon Marsden (paternal half-brother)
Ty Marsden (step-nephew)
Olivia Marsden (niece)
|Children:||Noah Porter Benson (adopted son)|
|Portrayed by:||Mariska Hargitay|
|Seasons:||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit|
Olivia Benson is the Commanding Officer of the Manhattan SVU at the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
- Lieutenant Olivia "Liv" Margaret Benson (born February 7, 1968) is the commanding officer of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit. Prior to taking over SVU, Benson worked as a SVU detective and was partnered with Elliot Stabler for over twelve years. After Elliot's resignation, Benson partnered primarily with Nick Amaro before she became a sergeant and took over the SVU unit from Captain Donald Cragen. In 2015, Olivia was promoted to Lieutenant, but is transferred to the Community Affairs Division and Mike Dodds takes over as acting commanding officer of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit. She is later reinstated as the Lieutenant of SVU.
|Seasons||Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3 • Season 4 • Season 5|
|Current characters||Hank Voight • Antonio Dawson • Jay Halstead • Adam Ruzek • Kim Burgess • Kevin Atwater • Alvin Olinsky • Trudy Platt • Hailey Upton|
|Former characters||Sheldon Jin • Sean Roman • Erin Lindsay|