Mariska Hargitay is speaking out about domestic violence and supporting the new documentary Telling Amy’s Story, which tells the story of a woman killed by her husband after years of domestic abuse.
The 46-year-old actress also highlighted Liz Claiborne’s efforts to spread the word about domestic violence, writing, “Liz Claiborne Inc. is…in the process of releasing data from their 2010 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll in conjunction with their groundbreaking ‘It’s Time to Talk Day’. The survey found that 41 percent of dating freshmen and seniors have experienced violence and abusive dating behaviors in their lifetime, with more than half of those surveyed saying they have difficulty identifying what constitutes dating abuse.”
“Become the person in your community — perhaps the first, hopefully the first among many — who knows the signs of domestic and intimate partner violence, who knows how to respond to a victim with compassion and wisdom, and who knows how participate in creating a society where perpetrators will not be allowed to abuse with impunity and without consequence,” Mariska wrote.
Pictured inside is Mariska at a celebration for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds program at Guastavino’s on Monday (December 6).