Mariska Hargitay launches spots on domestic violence

Sept. 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay, who deals with domestic violence as a New York police officer on "Law and Order: SVU," has started a campaign on the issue.

The Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by Hargitay, says it will release public service announcements in the next three years featuring a long list of celebrities. The spots will be directed by Hargitay.

The "No More" campaign follows a survey, "No More Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Survey of Attitudes and Experiences of Teens and Adults" commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women. The survey found nearly three-quarters of parents in the United States say they have not discussed domestic violence of sexual assault with their children, 67 percent have not talked about domestic violence with their friends and 75 percent have not talked about sexual assault with friends.

Among those joining Hargitay on spots for the public service announcements are Courtney Cox, Amy Poehler and Ice-T, the rapper who co-stars on "Law and Order: SVU."

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