With little in the way of news coming out of Manchester, England recently, the Manchester [UK] Evening News reports:
Coronation Street fans feel ‘physically sick’ watching the Geoff and Yasmeen abuse storyline
Some Corrie viewers have been switching off and others have praised the harrowing storyline
By Katie Fitzpatrick
16:32, 16 JAN 2020
It’s been a tough watch and Coronation Street fans say they’ve felt ‘physically sick’ watching the Geoff Metcalfe and Yasmeen Nazir storyline.
Some viewers have reached for the off-switch and are begging for the story to come to an end while others have applauded the soap’s decision to explore the harrowing subject of coercive control. …
Coronation Street announced in June last year that it was to explore the disturbing effects of coercive control relationships and raise awareness of this form of domestic abuse through the story of Geoff’s behaviour towards his partner.
Viewers have seen Geoff, the father of cabbie Tim Metcalfe, become increasingly manipulative and controlling towards Yasmeen, persuading her to spend time alone away from friends and family including her granddaughter Alya, while appearing jovial to their friends and neighbours.
As his controlling behaviour escalated he even staged a robbery and followed Yasmeen so he could be seen to protect her, taking over her bank account and setting up CCTV equipment to watch her every move around the house.
In December the couple announced that they had married in Las Vegas and Geoff stepped up his plan to manipulate Yasmeen by drawing up an exhausting cleaning rota and buying her a state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner.
Things have now taken another dark turn with him accusing his wife of being an alcoholic and taking away her credit cards.
Since 2015 this form of abuse has been classed as a criminal offence and underpins 95 per cent of all abusive relationships.