Amaro is of Cuban and Italian descent. His father, Nicolas Amaro Sr. Armand Assantewas abusive to both his mother and him, and later fled to MiamiFlorida. Amaro attributes his firm belief in divorce to watching his mother, Cesaria Nancy Ticotinsuffer through her marriage. After the trial, Amaro and his father make a tentative reconciliation.
Being from Atlanta, she is a fan of the Braveswhose schedule she keeps on her refrigerator door. She has a dog named Frannie that she dotes on. Rollins grew up in Loganville and has a bachelor's degree in forensic science.
Rollins comes from a dysfunctional family. Her father Jim James Morrison is an alcoholic and a gambling addict who often beat her mother, Beth Anne Virginia Men and her younger sister, Kim Lindsay Pulsipheris a cocaine addict with bipolar disorder whose frequent brushes with the law often cause trouble for Rollins. She has a strained relationship with her mother, who favors Kim and whom Rollins looks down on for not fighting back against the abuse she suffered.
The character is at first portrayed as wet behind the ears and over-eager, and is frequently chastised by Captain Donald Cragen Dann Florek for getting ahead of herself.
Shortly after transferring to the 16th Precinct, Rollins investigates a series of rapes that she believes are being committed by a suspect in one of her cases in Georgia. She nearly falls victim to him while trying to flush him out; the rapist has a preference for blonde, athletic women like her. In the season 14 episode "Poisoned Motive", Rollins is shot by a sniper in front of the precinct. Her shooting le back to the daughter of Tutuola's former partner, who is seeking revenge on the NYPD after her father was injured on the job.
In the season 14 episode "Deadly Ambition", Kim shows up at Rollins' door after leaving her abusive boyfriend, Jeff Parker Theis Weckesserwho is also the father of her unborn .
One day, Rollins returns home to find Parker apparently raping Kim, and she shoots and kills him. Eventually, however, she discovers that Kim staged the rape to manipulate Rollins into killing Parker, all so she could collect on his life insurance policy.
Kim makes withdrawals from the policy in both their names, making it look as if Rollins masterminded the plan to kill Parker, and disappears. Rollins is arrested and charged with murder, but is exonerated with help from the SVU squad. In the season 16 episode "Forgiving Rollins", it is revealed that while Rollins was working for the Atlanta PD, her sister got into trouble with the law, and Rollins was willing to sleep with her boss, Deputy Chief Charles Patton Harry Hamlinin order to get the charges dropped.
When he started to get too rough with her, Rollins withdrew her consent, but Patton overpowered and raped her. She later helps another of Patton's victims, APD Detective Reese Taymor Dreama Walkerget justice, resulting in Patton going into forced retirement and being put on the sex offender registry.
In "Spousal Privilege", Rollins expresses the belief that domestic violence should be kept private unless the victim wishes to come forward, feeling that the police have no right to make choices on a woman's behalf. This le to a conflict with Amaro, who witnessed his father regularly beat his mother, who refused to leave and report him.
During an argument, Rollins drunkenly attempts to goad Amaro into hitting her, but he walks away. Much later in "Great Expectations", after havingshe expresses disdain for a mother who did not protect her children from their father's abuse, and says the possibility that the mother is also being abused is no excuse.
It is implied in several episodes that Rollins is in a romantic, or at least sexual, relationship with Amaro. In one episode, a suspect asks if they are sleeping together; they do not answer his question and change the subject. It is confirmed in season 17 that Amaro and Rollins were romantically involved when Rollins discovers she is pregnant and says Amaro is not the father, meaning they did at least sleep together. The father of Rollins' child is later revealed to be Lt. Declan Murphy Donal Logueher former commanding officer.
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Murphy is deep undercover in Eastern Europe when he learns of the pregnancy, but he returns to New York to give her a direct line to him if she ever needs him. While Rollins is in labor, she suffers a placental abruption, almost resulting in her death, but she survives and gives birth to a baby girl she names Jesse. Her partner, Dominick "Sonny" CarisiPeter Scanavinowho comes from a large family, sometimes assists Rollins with the baby.
At this point, Kim begs to stay with Rollins rather than going to a shelter, and Rollins reluctantly agrees. However, near the end of the episode, Rollins finds Kim taking pills and accuses her sister of relapsing, only to learn that the drugs were actually lithium and asenapinewhich Kim has been taking for bipolar disorder after being officially diagnosed during her trial. Kim then admits to Rollins that while she misses her former manic energy, this is the first time in her life that she has felt good about herself.
In "Service", it is revealed that she dislikes escorts, to the point of suggesting that an escort rape victim brought the assault on herself.
Eventually, however, Rollins comes to see the victim as a human being and is instrumental in bringing her rapist to justice. While having dinner with the victim to apologize for her behavior, Rollins admits that her prejudice against escorts stems from a former boyfriend cheating on her with one.
In "The Book of Esther", she uses deadly force during a hostage situation with a religious cult. Afterward, she finds out that she fired the shot that killed one of the cult members, a young woman she had tried to save from her abusive father, the patriarch of the cult. She is wracked with guilt, but finds some comfort in going to church.
In "Man Up", she reveals to Benson that she is pregnant with her second. Also, she meets up with Dr. Al Pollack George Newbernher ex-boyfriend, for a lunch date and prepares to tell him about her pregnancy, but bolts out when she sees him flirting with a waitress and becomes unsure of balancing her second pregnancy with raising Jesse and with her work at SVU. In "Zero Tolerance", she considers getting back together with Pollack and tells him she is pregnant.
When she is stunned by his reaction offering to pay for her abortionafter bonding with a girl who is separated from her mother and would like another sibling, she later decides to keep the baby, telling Pollack she does not need anything from him. After Pollack apologizes for his insensitive comments, Rollins decides to give him another chance. He eventually asks her to move in with him at his apartment. She contemplates the situation, seeing as there is barely enough room for her and Jesse in her own apartment, yet is unsure of her own feelings for Pollack.
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After Carisi tells her to do what she feels is best for herself and her children, however, she agrees to move in with Pollack. She gives birth to a girl she names Billie in "A Story of More Woe"; Pollack proposes to her while she is in labor, but she rejects his proposal and breaks up with him, admitting that she does not love him. When her gambling interferes with her job, Cragen offers to get her in a rehabilitation program. During a meeting, she reveals that her father also had a gambling problem. In the season 15 episode "Rapist Anonymous", Rollins is caught in the middle of a case when a woman from her program claims to have been raped by her sponsor.
When the alleged rapist is killed, the woman is put on trial and Rollins testifies on her behalf, alienating her colleagues at SVU. This proves too much for her to handle and her gambling addiction relapses.
One of the criminals is in fact an undercover police officer, Lt. Declan Murphy, who enlists Rollins to help him with a sting operation to arrest the club's owners. The sting is successful, and Murphy makes sure that Rollins keeps her detective's shield.
Benson, however, says that she no longer trusts Rollins, and would transfer her if the precinct were not so short-staffed while Tutuola and Amaro were also upset at her for not telling them. They've lost a family member with Chris Meloni leaving, but they've been very accepting of us. Amanda is thrilled to be here working with these people, and so am I. In an interview with TV Guide prior to Giddish's debut episode as Rollins, " Scorched Earth ", Giddish says about her character, "My character is in complete awe of Olivia, Amanda's really eager to get in there because she knows her stuff and really eager to learn.
She has come from Atlanta and there was a ceiling there, so she's come up to New York. There's no intimidation, what attracted me was the prospect of re-invigorating a franchise that's been so well-known and so well-liked, and then to be the shaker and mover. I had [pre-season] conversations with [showrunner] Warren Leightand you hope that starts materializing — and it did.
And that bodes well going into Season Rather than have both newcomers paired together, Rollins is primarily partnered with Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuolaa factor which contributed to the character's positive reception. Ice-Twho has portrayed Tutuola since the show's second season, praised both Giddish and Pino in the wake of Chris Meloni's departure, "We had to regroup, like a football team," said Ice-T. And we did well Danny came in, strong. Kelli came in, strong. And we shut down the doubters.
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