Kristin Dunne is trying to make a difference by helping prevent domestic violence.

Kristin Dunne is trying to make a difference by helping prevent domestic violence.

YOUR words are my words.” It is this phrase that Kristin Dunne and Lesley Elliott hope will help women suffering domestic abuse. The pair met following the tragic case of Elliott's daughter, Sophie. It is a case well known. The 22-year-old was murdered in her own bedroom by an ex-boyfriend she had just ended a five-month relationship with. The relationship had been punctuated with what are now known as the signs of typical partner abuse. It was after Sophie's death that Dunne, now Tourism Bay of Plenty's chief executive, and Sophie's mother, Lesley Elliott, began corresponding. 

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“This is by no means an easy job, with the volunteers having to face very sensitive situations head on. Shine’s volunteers get a chance to make a real difference in the lives of people affected by domestic violence.”