Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Coronation Street consults domestic abuse experts for coercion storyline

Coronation Street will explore domestic abuse (ITV/PA)
Coronation Street will explore domestic abuse (ITV/PA)

Coronation Street has consulted domestic abuse experts for a new storyline exploring the “torture” of coercive control.

Upcoming episodes will show Geoff Metcalfe increasing his obsessive influence over Yasmeen Nazir, revealing the damage of non-physical abuse.

Charities including Women’s Aid have been consulted on the storyline, which is intended to educate viewers on the “invisible prison” created by controlling partners.

Geoff Metcalfe and Yasmeen Nazir, played by Ian Bartholomew and Shelley King (ITV/PA)

Episodes will show Metcalfe tightening his control over Nazir as he stages a robbery to be seen to protect her, and installs CCTV to watch her every move at home.

Coronation Street producer Iain Macleod said: “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.

“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 partner is never okay.

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

Coronation Street creators have worked closely with Women’s Aid and Independent Choices Greater Manchester to craft the storyline.

Teresa Parker, of Women’s Aid, said: “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.

“Gradually we are seeing the long-term effects of living with an abusive partner.”

Charities say that since changes in the law in 2015, this form of abuse has been classed as a criminal offence and underpins 95% of all abusive relationships.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]