Bernadette Stabler
Bernadette Stabler
Name Bernadette Stabler
Family Joseph Stabler (husband)
Elliot Stabler (son)
Elliot's three brothers (sons)
Elliot's two sisters (daughters)
Maureen Stabler (granddaughter)
Kathleen Stabler (granddaughter)
Dickie Stabler (grandson)
Elizabeth Stabler (granddaughter)
Elliot Stabler, Jr. (grandson)
Kathy Stabler (daughter-in-law)
Unnamed brother or brother-in-law
Status Alive
Actor Ellen Burstyn
First Appearance "Swing"

Bernadette Stabler (née McGinley) is the widow of Joseph Stabler and mother of Detective Elliot Stabler.


Bernadette and Joseph had six children together. However, her ability to raise them was impacted by her diagnosed bipolar disorder; she once nearly killed Elliot during a manic phase. As a result, Elliot "erased his childhood" and maintained little contact with his mother.

When Kathleen was arrested for DUI, Elliot visited Bernadette to try and chase out his demons. Bernadette had a psychotic meltdown on the beach when Elliot brought up his troubled childhood, which infuriated Elliot. Detective Benson later caught up with Bernadette, who told her about Elliot's troubled childhood. Benson then took Bernadette to meet Kathleen at her cell. There, Bernadette told Kathleen about the time she nearly killed Elliot. She then convinced Kathleen to get help, which helped get the charges against Kathleen dropped. (SVU: "Swing")

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