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Coronation Street SPOILER: Soap to take sinister turn with Geoff’s relationship with Yasmeen

Coronation Street will take a sinister turn over the upcoming weeks as it explores the disturbing effect of a coercive control relationship between its two major characters.

The soap has revealed its Weatherfield local Geoff Metcalfe, played by Ian Bartholomew, will continue to pursue his cruel mind games with partner Yasmeen Nazir, who is played by Shelley King, in an effort to exert his control over her.

As the concerning plot continues to unravel, viewers will see a calculating Geoff stage a robbery so he can be seen to protect Yasmeen, take over her bank account and further isolate her from friends and family. 

Sinister: Geoff Metcalfe, played by Ian Bartholomew, will continue to pursue his cruel mind games with partner Yasmeen Nazir, who is played by Shelley King, in Coronation Street

Sinister: Geoff Metcalfe, played by Ian Bartholomew, will continue to pursue his cruel mind games with partner Yasmeen Nazir, who is played by Shelley King, in Coronation Street 

As his controlling behaviour escalates, he will also set up CCTV equipment in order to spy on at the house. 

Coercive control is a type of domestic abuse which account for 95 percent of all abusive relationships and in 2015 was classed as a criminal offence.  

With an estimated 1.2 million women experiencing domestic abuse every year in England and Wales, Coronation Street producer Iain Macleod hopes the story will help anyone going through similar experiences in the real world. 

He 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. 

Cruel games: As the concerning plot continues to unravel, viewers will see a calculating Geoff stage a robbery so he can be seen to protect Yasmeen

Cruel games: As the concerning plot continues to unravel, viewers will see a calculating Geoff stage a robbery so he can be seen to protect Yasmeen

Dark plot: As his controlling behaviour escalates Geoff will also set up CCTV equipment in order to spy on Yasmeen at the house in upcoming scenes

Dark plot: As his controlling behaviour escalates Geoff will also set up CCTV equipment in order to spy on Yasmeen at the house in upcoming scenes

‘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 partner is never okay. 

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

Earlier this week Geoff’s controlling behaviour began to take form after Yasmeen’s night of wine tasting with friend Cathy left him sending a continuous stream of text messages to her.

Cobbled streets: Earlier this week Geoff's controlling behaviour began to take form after Yasmeen's night of wine tasting at the Rovers (pictured) left her coming home late

Cobbled streets: Earlier this week Geoff’s controlling behaviour began to take form after Yasmeen’s night of wine tasting at the Rovers (pictured) left her coming home late

After returning home later than she had planned, Geoff teared into the grandmother and slept in the spare room to make her feel guilty.

Head of Media Relations & Communications at Women’s Aid, Teresa Parker, said: ‘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.’

By the end of March 2018, an alarming 960 offences of coercive and controlling behaviour saw a prosecution commence at the magistrates’ courts, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Coercive: An estimated 1.2 million women experiencing domestic abuse every year in England and Wale

Coercive: An estimated 1.2 million women experiencing domestic abuse every year in England and Wale

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