Benson's life is further complicated when she is named the legal guardian of a young boy named Calvin Arliss (Charlie Tahan).
Calvin's mother, Vivian (Maria Bello), abandons him and flees when Benson's investigation uncovers that Vivian (also a child of rape) may have killed her mother's rapist. Calvin lives with her for a while, until she finds Vivian and her lover Sara have relapsed into drug use.
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In a later episode, "Intoxicated", Olivia mentions being engaged briefly when she was 16 to one of her mother's students; when her mother found out, she broke a bottle of vodka and went after Olivia with it.
Olivia fought back, kicked her mother twice, and ran out of the house. She has a younger half-brother named Simon Marsden (Michael Weston).
The character first appeared in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit pilot episode, "Payback", which aired September 20, 1999.
Following Stabler's departure at the end of the 12th season, she is partnered with Detective Nick Amaro (Danny Pino).
Benson's mother Serena (Elizabeth Ashley), an English professor, was an alcoholic who emotionally and physically abused Olivia.
In the season 2 episode "Taken", Serena Benson dies falling down a flight of subway stairs outside the entrance to a bar.
Ellis makes a deal to have Simon serve a 60-day sentence, knocking his charge down from kidnapping to a misdemeanor, custodial interference.
One of the conditions of the reduced charges is that he must give up his custody petition and agree to visit his daughter only in a supervised setting for the next three years.