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  • Published: 7 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775536017
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Loves Me Not

How to Keep Relationships Safe




An essential guide for keeping relationships safe.

An essential guide for keeping relationships safe.

In 2008, the horrific murder of Sophie Elliott by her former boyfriend and university lecturer, Clayton Weatherston, shocked New Zealand. During the police investigation it became clear Sophie’s murderer was a typical abuser who had a track record of treating partners badly.

Sophie’s mother, Lesley Elliott, driven to research domestic and partner abuse, was astonished to find the very characteristics evident in abusive relationships were right there in Sophie’s. Lesley quickly realised that if she and Sophie, ‘through ignorance and naivety’ missed the signs, then so could many others.

It became obvious that education was the key; Lesley set up the Sophie Elliott Foundation to raise awareness among all young women, their friends and families to the signs of partner abuse.

The Loves Me Not programme was developed by the Sophie Elliott Foundation along with the New Zealand Police and members of the Ministry of Social Development. Its primary aim is to help young people help themselves to keep safe. Loves Me Not includes advice and suggestions on how to identify problems, how to deal with them and where to seek help.

Also included is ‘One for the Boys’, a chapter written by well-known clinical psychologist and commentator, Nigel Latta, as well as a chapter written by school guidance counsellor, Gayna McConnell.

  • Pub date: 7 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775536017
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the Authors

William J. O'Brien

W. J. (Bill) O’Brien, a retired former senior police officer, is the author of over 20 books, including one on the Aramoana shooting tragedy that subsequently became the basis for the film Out of the Blue. He co-authored the bestselling Sophie’s Legacy with Lesley Elliott, her account of the murder of her daughter at the hands of ex-boyfriend, Clayton Weatherston.His prolonged trial and attempts to blame Sophie for her own death created huge public revulsion and outrage. The case caused further controversy with the use of the defence of provocation leading to call for legal reform. Royalties from the book go towards funding the Sophie Elliott Foundation, which has been established to resource a school-based programme to better prepare young people to look after themselves and avoid abusive relationships. Bill is now a trustee on the Foundation and manages Lesley’s nationwide speaking engagements in a voluntary capacity. He was a finalist in the Junior Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards of 2007, and soon after was appointed Children’s Writer in Residence at the University of Otago’s College of Education.

Lesley Elliott

Lesley Elliott wrote the memoir Sophie’s Legacy in memory of her daughter, the late Sophie Elliott. She lives in Dunedin and is the founder of the Sophie Elliott Foundation (www.sophieelliott.co.nz), which has been established to resource a school-based programme to better prepare young people to look after themselves and avoid abusive relationships.
Sophie’s murder in January 2008 captured the nation’s heart, and led to one of the most keenly followed murder trials in New Zealand’s history, when Sophie’s former boyfriend, Clayton Weatherston, was tried and convicted of murder. The case caused further controversy with the use of the defence of provocation leading to call for legal reform. Sophie’s Legacy was co-authored by W. J. (Bill) O’Brien, a retired former senior police officer who is the author of over 20 books, including a book on the Aramoana shooting tragedy.


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