Sophie's memory to help others

Sophie Elliott
Sophie Elliott

Dunedin woman Sophie Elliot's murder has inspired a foundation to prevent violence towards younger women.

The foundation - to be launched in coming weeks - will be named after Miss Elliott, who was stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend Clayton Weatherston in 2008.

Mother Lesley Elliott said the Sophie Elliott Foundation aimed to educate high school girls about abusive relationships.

"We want to be the fence at the top of the cliff rather than the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff," she told the Otago Daily Times.

Mrs Elliott will be joined as a trustee by three Dunedin-based people and Kristin Dunne-Powell, the former partner of television presenter Tony Veitch, who pleaded guilty to injuring her with reckless disregard for her safety.