Thursday, December 12, 2019

Corrie fans have to fast forward through Geoff and Yasmeen domestic abuse scenes

Shocked Coronation Street fans say scenes of Geoff abusing Yasmeen are too horrifying to watch – and some even fast-forward them.

Geoff Metcalfe has been exerting “coercive control” over Yasmeen Nazir for months.

He has belittled her in public, tried to make her think she is losing her mind and even forced her to eat crab shell from the rubbish bin.

Restaurant owner Yasmeen, played by Shelley King in the ITV soap, has been slowly separated from her friends and family by her abusive partner.

It is too much for some fans.

David Bridgman said: “I now record the episodes and fast-forward through Geoff. A truly horrible storyline.”



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Fan Victoria Lawson added of the character played by Ian Bartholomew: “We have to turn over until he’s gone.”

Donna Jackson said: “My mom is a domestic violence survivor she can’t watch television shows that have domestic violence storylines.

“In her opinion they are glorifying the abuser.”

But the soap has worked with charities 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. Gradually we are seeing the long-term effects of living with an abusive partner.”

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