Lesley Elliott (Family)
I am proud to lead the Sophie Elliott Foundation. There are some wonderful people around me who are dedicated to the cause of raising awareness to the signs of domestic violence. I gain great satisfaction at how the Foundation has grown, but it brings me no joy that the loss of Sophie at the hands of an ex-boyfriend had to be the catalyst for the Foundation’s existence.
When I realised Sophie had been in a ‘typical’ abusive relationship I determined to do all I could to enable others to see the signs Sophie and I missed. I rationalised that if an intelligent young woman like Sophie couldn’t recognise the signs of abuse then neither will countless other women, their families or friends.
I have no doubt whatsoever that had Sophie been given healthy relationship education in her last years of school she would have recognised things were not right and dealt with the situation differently.
The legacy to my beloved daughter is to see that other families don’t have to go through what my family and I endured. I am not a counsellor and I am not an expert. I am simply a mum and neonatal nurse. I am also a woman on a mission to see that no other women lose their lives through ignorance.
I have developed knowledge of abuse that can back up my beliefs. I will not rest until a suitable programme is in schools nationwide. Sophie would want me to do this.