Coronation Street confirms heart-wrenching domestic abuse story amid return to darkness

For weeks now, Coronation Street fans have been speculating that Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) could be part of a domestic abuse plot with partner Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew).

And now, Corrie bosses have confirmed the theories, as Geoff’s behaviour becomes more and more manipulative.

The ITV soap will explore the effects of coercive control relationships, with Geoff taking some major steps.

As the storyline progresses, Geoff is set to fake a robbery so it looks like he is Yasmeen’s protector.

“You can damage someone profoundly without laying a finger on them”

Iain Macleod

He’ll also take control of her bank account and start isolating her from her friends and family, setting up CCTV to track her movement.

However, Yasmeen is unaware that she’s being controlled, despite concerns from Alya (Sair Khan).

Speaking of the plot, producer Iain Macleod said: “It’s common for people to think abusive behaviour has to be physical – but you can damage someone profoundly without laying a finger on them.

“Many thousands of people feel trapped in relationships with someone who claims to love them but who is actually taking them apart piece by piece, isolating them from friends and family and locking them in an invisible prison of fear and insecurity.

“Often, the abusive behaviours accumulate and intensify over time so that you don’t realise it’s happening – it’s an insidious type of brainwashing.

“I hope this story will help anyone going through similar experiences in the real world by highlighting that feeling undermined, belittled, controlled or intimidated by your partners is never okay.

“The old ‘sticks and stones’ adage is just plain wrong – words can be instruments of torture and manipulation.”

Corrie bosses have worked with Women’s Aid and Independent Choices Greater Manchester on the storyline.

Women’s Aid’s Head of Media Relations & Communications, Teresa Parker, said: “We were pleased to be able to work with the scriptwriters and advise on the development of the coercive control storyline.

“This form of abuse was only established as a criminal offence in 2015 after years of campaigning, and it is important that we increase awareness and understanding of this form of domestic abuse.

“Many people think that unless there is physical abuse, it doesn’t count.

“Coercive control underpins almost all abusive relationships, and Geoff has established himself at the centre of Yasmeen’s life, and manipulated her in so many ways, controlling what she can and can’t do.

“She is doubting her own judgement and memories.

“Gradually we are seeing the long term effects of living with an abusive partner, as she sees less of her family and friends and becomes increasingly isolated.”

Recently, Corrie seems to be returning to darker times after Gary Windass murdered conman Rick.

But how will Yasmeen’s storyline end?

Coronation Street continues Monday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

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