It's a Devil of a Thing
By Christina Cheyne
Is there someone in your life who yells at you, belittles you, tries to control you and speaks to you with disrespect or cruel jest? Are your opinions ignored and your accomplishments never acknowledged? When you question this behaviour are you told that it is all in your head which makes you think you must be going crazy? Are you isolated and unable to tell friends or family about the way you are treated?
This book is available from:
But... I Love You
By NZ Writer Cherry.G
Cherry.G tells an eye opening story of how a relationship can start off so well and end up in covert abuse. It shows how one can easily slip into being daily abused without eve...n recognising the signs, and covers a relationship from start to finish including; getting out, society issues and the legal system.
This book is an important read for anyone going through psychological abuse and for those wanting to understand what loved ones go through, during a toxic relationship.
This book is available from:
www.lulu.com (now also in Ebook)
You can find out more about Cherry.G on her website: http://cherryg.weebly.com
Loves-Me-Not in the Media
The Sophie Elliott Foundation has received more excellent media coverage for our Loves-Me-Not programmme.
Dunedin Television - February 25, 2014
3 News - March 28, 2014
Otago Daily Times - March 28, 2014
The Press - March 29, 2014
Otago Daily Times Editorial - March 31, 2014
Timaru Herald - April 3, 2014
2013 Annual Report
Read Sophie Elliott Foundation's chairperson Lesley Elliott's 2013 annual report.
Life and Times - Canterbury Television
Lesley Elliott was recently interviewed by Pete Smith on CTV's Life and Times. Check out the interview here.
Zonta Club of Oamaru, White Ribbon Day Essay Competition Winner
Congratulations to Keely McLeod from East Otago High School for winning the Zonta Club of Oamaru, White Ribbon Day Essay Competition.
Read her outstanding essay: “It’s not okay – but what are you going to do about it?”
Men of New Zealand ..... Take the Pledge
This year men are being asked to take ‘The Pledge’. While most men are not violent, most violence against women is perpetrated by men. This is why The Pledge is so important. It is a call to action for New Zealand men to take ownership of men’s violence towards women, and to actively be part of the solution. It can be taken both online at: www.whiteribbon.org.nz or in person at many of the community events that are occurring throughout New Zealand this month.
Men want to be proud fathers, uncles, grandfathers and great husbands/partners. We want our partners and kids to live in safe homes without violence. Taking The Pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women means a better life for you and those close to you.
It's a Kind of Magic Charity Ball
A Sophie Elliott Foundation Fundraising Event
This magical event is being held on August 30, 2014 at Windy Ridge Wedding and Functions Venue in Ohaupo. Thank you to Bridget Millar and all the sponsors for their generous support. For more information, check at the It's a Kind of Magic Charity Ball Facebook page.
Campbell Live Story: Sophie's Mum Helping Teens
Sophie Elliott would have turned 28 this year. Many of her friends have married, had children - all milestones denied Sophie, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Clatyon Weatherston, five years ago.
In her daughter's honour, Lesley Elliott has written a book, launched a foundation, and over the past few months a programme she helped develop has been rolled out to nine high schools nationwide.
She hopes it will become part and parcel of the curriculum.
So what will our teenage girls and boys be learning about love and relationships?
Watch the story here
Enough is Enough Mini Documentary
Enough is Enough is a mini documentary in memory of Patricia Ann “Wowo” McGrath, who was killed by an act of family violence in January, 2013.
The family and friends of Patricia worked in partnership with the NZ Police, Ministry of Social Development It’s Not OK campaign and the Northland District Health Board to produce this documentary as way of opening people’s eyes to the trauma family violence inflicts not only on immediate family members, but on their family, friends and community.
“We had to make a stand and say "That's it! No more". We could not stand by and LET this happen. We hope that Enough is Enough will do that for others too.”
Under Current interview
Check out the interview trustee Lesley Elliott did with Under Current during a Sophie Elliott Foundation visit to Palmerston North.
Sophie's abuse story strikes a chord
Read the Manawatu Standard story here
World Health Organisation report highlights violence against women as a 'global health problem of epidemic proportions'
Read more here
Sophie Elliott Foundation Supports isafe
Research Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are invited for a confidential research study to improve safety and well-being in relationships.
The isafe study by AUT University and collaborators is underway and needs 340 participants.
If you think you would be interested in participating, please click here or phone 0508 447 233.
Sophie Elliott Foundation visits Waimate High School (9 May, 2013)
Read more here.
Sophie Elliott Foundation to pilot dating violence prevention programme (7 May, 2013)
The Sophie Elliott Foundation is about to launch a pilot of a healthy relationship programme, Loves Me Not in nine secondary schools around New Zealand from May this year. The Foundation, which has been working for the past three years to bring awareness to high school students and young people about violent relationships, has joined forces with the New Zealand Police, the ‘It’s not OK’ campaign team and other experts to develop the Loves Me Not programme.
View the ONE News story here.
Read the Otago Daily Times story here.
Thank you to Westland High School (11 April, 2013)
Foundation trustees Lesley Elliott and Bill O'Brien visited Westland High School in April (2013) to talk to their year 12 and 13 students. Thank you for your kind donation of $250!!
2012 Annual Report
Fundraising Dinner: July 25, 2012
A big thank you to DT Ovens from Christchurch for supporting and organising an amazing fundraising dinner on the 25th July for The Sophie Elliott Foundation. Such an amazing effort and a fantastic night. Check out our facebook page for some photos of this fantastic night. www.facebook.com/sophieelliottfoundation