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 Lesley Elliott - New Zealand Order of Merit

Congratulations to Lesley on becoming a New Zealand Order of Merit - awarded for her services to the prevention of domestic violence.

Watch TV3's interview with Lesley.


2014 Annual Report

Read Sophie Elliott Foundation's chairperson Lesley Elliott's 2014 annual report.



Lesley Elliott Wins 2014 Westpac Women of Influence Supreme Award

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Congratulations to Lesley Elliott for winning the 2014 Women of Influcence supreme award!

Read the story here.

Watch the TVNZ Breakfast interview here.


Lesley Elliott on Radio NZ's  National Programme

Listen to Lesley Elliott's interview here.



David White: Good Morning Show

The Sophie Elliott Foundation are great supporters of David White and his crusade against domestic violence. Check out David's recent interview on TV One's Good Morning show.

 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: (now also in Ebook)

You can find out more about Cherry.G on her website:

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: 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

Click here.


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.


Sophie Elliott Foundation on Dunedin Television


Watch Sophie's Legacy - An In-Depth Look at the Sophie Elliott Foundation here

Thank you to the team at Dunedin Television for your ongoing support, and all the sponsors who came onboard to make this show happen.

Lesley Elliott named Next magazine Woman of the Year 2011


Lesley Elliott shortlisted in the 2011 Next magazine Woman of the Year Awards


A Mothers Story

If things were different, 11 June 2011, would have been Sophie’s 26th Birthday. Instead, that day, we launched “Sophie’s Legacy – A mother’s story of her family’s loss and their quest for change”. All proceeds of Sophie’s Legacy will go towards the Sophie Elliott Foundation aim of violence prevention through education, awareness and empowerment of young women.


More about Sophies Legacy

Sophies Legacy is described as “courageous, compelling and utterly moving” and is written by Lesley Elliott and William J O’Brien, a former policeman and veteran champion for victim justice. The book is an often heart-breaking account of the devastating impact of Sophie’s murder on her family; sets the record straight on Sophie’s reputation and addresses Weatherston’s defence of provocation; discusses how the justice system failed Sophie and continues to fail victims; and then finally outlines Lesley’s quest for change through the Sophie Elliott Foundation.

This book is a powerful read for parents to come to understand – as Lesley and Gil have – how a manipulative, abusive, dangerous person like Weatherston can so easily get inside the head of a highly intelligent young woman, and the signs of abuse they missed.

“Powerful, gripping, inspiring. Sophies Legacy is a major book”. Random House, New Zealand.

Sophie’s Legacy will be available at all major bookstores.

See Press Release Here