Sine Hope's big passion in life is Latin and ballroom dancing, but her days of samba and rumba are over — two years ago a vicious assault by her then-boyfriend left the vivacious South African in a wheelchair.

The former construction industry consultant, who was her family's main breadwinner, has not worked since.

"I almost died at his hands," the 35-year-old said. "It's affected my life entirely — physically, mentally and financially."