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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“I would not have made it this far without Shine’s support. Shine helped me when I hit bottom and there was no hope, then supported me with everything, before and after the birth of my son. You gave me the strength to stand on my feet and look forward when I was miserable and suicidal. I have my life and freedom back as I have a new warm and safe place and my ex-partner is in prison. Thank you for saving my life and my son’s life!!” a Shine client