Rural Women New Zealand is partnering with the Sophie Elliott Foundation and the It's Not OK campaign to present a series of Safe Relationship seminars in rural communities.

A seminar will be held in Stratford on Monday, August 31 to increase awareness and education to stop domestic violence in rural communities. Lesley Elliott MNZM will be the guest speaker and the event will include discussion about what makes a safe relationship.

Lesley established the Sophie Elliott Foundation after the tragic death of her daughter, Sophie by her former boyfriend.

"I applaud this initiative by Rural Women New Zealand and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to rural groups. Domestic violence isn't a problem just in towns and cities, every community and socio-economic group throughout the country is affected," says Lesley.

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The first rural community seminar was organised by Libby Jones, a Rural Women NZ member in Northland.

The event attracted over 150 people.

The Lotteries Community Fund is supporting the seminars with a commitment by Rural Women New Zealand members to safe relationships and communities.

Stratford seminar, August 31, from 7pm at the Salvation Army Community Centre. Email r.m.vickers@xtra.co.nz