Olivia Benson
Name: Olivia Margaret Benson
Alias(es): Liv
Profession: Commanding Officer of the SVU squad
Rank: Lieutenant (2015-present)
Sergeant (2013-2015)
Detective (1998-2013)
Officer (1992-1998)
Family: Serena Benson (mother) (deceased)
Joseph Hollister (father) (deceased)
Simon Marsden (paternal half-brother)
Ty Marsden (step-nephew)
Olivia Marsden (niece)
Marital status: Single
Children: Noah Porter Benson (adopted son)
Status: Alive
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.

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