Coronation Street is about to kick off a harrowing new storyline centring on Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) as she falls victim to the effects of coercive control at the hands of partner Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew).
The pair’s relationship has deteriorated recently, and it’s only set to get even worse as the radio DJ’s behaviour becomes more manipulative – putting Yasmeen in a difficult situation as she is unaware she is being controlled.
Viewers will see the initial effects tonight – but what will happen to Yasmeen in coming episodes?
Here’s what you can expect…
What does Geoff do to Yasmeen in Coronation Street?
The storyline will get going properly on Monday night when Yasmeen goes wine tasting with Cathy (Melanie Hill) on the same day that Geoff reveals he is planning on having Sally (Sally Dynevor) and Tim (Joe Duttine) round for tea.
Although Yasmeen says she will be back in time for their guests, she loses track of time at the wine tasting – failing to notice that Geoff is bombarding her with angry text messages.
All of which leads to him tearing strips off her when she eventually does get home, before stomping off to sleep in the spare room – and things get even worse for Yasmeen the following day when she attempts to make it up to Geoff, only for him to convince her she’d promised to go for a walk with him.
She doesn’t remember making such a promise and blames it on her heavy drinking the night before – but her problems are only just beginning after Geoff pours water on Ryan (Ryan Prescott)’s mixing desk at Speed Daal, and convinces Yasmeen it was her fault.
What will happen next?
Things are set to go from bad to worse for Yasmeen as Geoff’s controlling behaviour gets worse – isolating her from friends and family, taking control of her finances and even staging a robbery so he can be seen to be protecting her.
He will even set up CCTV equipment so he can keep an eye on her when she’s at home – all unbeknown to her.
Coronation Street have worked with Women’s Aid and Independent Choices Greater Manchester on the storyline, with
Teresa Parker, Head of Media Relations & Communications at Women’s Aid, saying: ‘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.’
What is coercive control?
Women’s Aid describes coercive control as ‘an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim’.
Some common examples of these include:
- Isolating you from friends and family
- Depriving you of basic needs such as food
- Monitoring your time
- Monitoring you via online communication tools or spyware
- Controlling aspects of your life such as where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep
- Depriving you access to support services
- Repeatedly putting you down
- Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising you
- Controlling your finances
- Making threats or intimidating you
Coercive control became a criminal offence in 2015 following campaiging from Women’s Aid.
Research has shown that 95 out of every 100 domestic abuse survivors also experienced coercive control – with women far more likely to be victims than men to be victims of abuse that involves degradation and threats.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 7.30pm.
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