Dominick Carisi, Jr.
Name Dominick "Sonny" Carisi, Jr.
Title Detective
Affiliation NYPD
Division Special Victims Unit
Precinct 16th Precinct (2014-)
Occupation Police officer
Family Dominick Carisi Sr (father)
Unnamed mother
Bella Carisi (sister)
Teresa Carisi (sister)
Gina Carisi (sister)
Mia Carisi (niece)
Status Alive
Actor Peter Scanavino
First Appearance "Girls Disappeared"

Detective Dominick "Sonny" Carisi, Jr. transfers to Manhattan Special Victims Unit after Sergeant Olivia Benson put in a request for an "experienced, empathetic Detective" following the temporary demotion of Nick Amaro to patrol officer. Sonny also took Nick Amaro's place as the lead male of the SVU. He was in Staten Island SVU for two months, Brooklyn for almost a month and Queens for a week (before that, he was a patrol officer on Staten Island). Though his brash and argumentative attitude has placed him at odds with Benson and the others, he's shown a knack for interrogations, by pretending to empathize with suspects and getting them to open up to him.

He attends night classes at Fordham Law, often attempting to offer up legal suggestions on the cases at hand. He assists ADA Rafael Barba during the trial of Lewis Hodda. (SVU: Depravity Standard) He recently passed his bar exam.

He is an Italian-American. His religion is Catholic. Two of his cousins are priests. When he was younger, he wanted to be a priest.

He served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Sergeant Mike Dodds, who was shot to death by Gary Munson, the corrupt Rikers Island corrections who held his wife, Lisa, hostage. At the bar following the service, Sonny toasts Mike as "the bravest cop we ever worked with". (SVU: Heartfelt Passages)


  • The only other person from the original squad besides Benson that he has met is Cragen.
  • When he discovers a corpse, he makes the Catholic sign of a cross with his hands in respect.
  • His badge number is 0188.


Icon SVU Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Elliot StablerJohn MunchOdafin TutuolaOlivia Benson

Junior Detectives: Olivia BensonMonique JeffriesOdafin TutuolaChester LakeAmanda RollinsNick AmaroDominick Carisi, Jr.

Squad Supervisors: John MunchOlivia Benson

Commanding Officers: Donald CragenOlivia Benson

Assistant District Attorneys: Alexandra CabotCasey NovakKim GreylekRafael BarbaPeter Stone

Others: Melinda WarnerGeorge Huang