After years of the stress involved with being married to a police officer, Kathy Stabler leaves her husband, taking their children, and temporarily moves in with her mother.
After a serious car accident, Kathy delivers a healthy baby boy, Elliot Stabler, Jr.
Stabler had a difficult relationship with his father, who physically and emotionally abused him.
As a result, Stabler has "erased his childhood", and maintains little contact with his mother.
He also has three tattoos, notably the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor tattoo on his forearm (the official emblem of the Marine Corps), and the crucifixion of Christ on his left bicep.
(son) Parents: Joseph Stabler (father, deceased) Bernadette Stabler (mother) Siblings: three brothers two sisters Elliot Stabler is a fictional character portrayed by Christopher Meloni and one of the lead characters on the NBC police procedural series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit during the first twelve seasons.
As a result of Meloni's sudden departure from the cast at the end of the twelfth season, Stabler abruptly resigns from the police force off-screen during the thirteenth season premiere.
Stabler is an NYPD Detective 1st Grade with Manhattan's 16th Precinct, which investigates sex crimes.
His partner during the first twelve years is Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay).
Dickie also occasionally gives his father problems.
In an 11th season episode, he runs away from school and tries to join the Army, something Stabler disapproves of.
One of his best friends died in the September 11 attacks.