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Source: NBC

Here's a Quick Recap on How and When Detective Elliot Stabler Left 'Law & Order: SVU'

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How does Olivia Benson do it? For the past 21 seasons (and counting), she's worked at Manhattan's 16th Precinct in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. And this year, the detective turned sergeant turned lieutenant is about to be Captain Benson.

But before she took over the Special Victims Unit, back in the early days of Dick Wolf's successful series, she was just a regular-degular detective partnered alongside Elliot Stabler for more than 12 years. 

So, what happened to Elliot Stabler on SVU and how did the beloved father of five leave the unit? Keep reading for a much-needed recap.