Is Geoff abusing Yasmeen in Coronation Street and what is coercive abuse?

Coronation Street fans have been left shocked by the behaviour of Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) as his coercive control of partner Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) intensifies.

The character took things to the next level earlier this week after he secretly watched her via a camera after walking out on her, following a bust-up over him installing cameras in the house.

Yasmeen was left feeling responsible for the split after she told Geoff she didn’t feel comfortable with them – leading him to throw a strop before moving in with his son Tim (Joe Duttine).

Here’s what you need to know about the situation between the two…

Is Geoff abusing Yasmeen in Coronation Street?

Geoff has been abusing Yasmeen in Coronation Street for several weeks now, as part of a dark storyline involving his controlling and manipulative behaviour.

The storyline kicked off properly at the end of June, as Yasmeen was ‘punished’ by Geoff for staying too long at a wine tasting with Cathy (Melanie Hill), leading to her missing out on Geoff’s plans to have Tim and Sally (Sally Dynevor) round for tea.

He proceeded to bombard her with angry messages and throw a strop on her return before sleeping in the spare room – and then claiming the next day she had forgotten about plans they had made, blaming her forgetfulness on too much booze the night before.

Since then he has been taking over every aspect of her life and chipping away at her self-confidence – all the while gaslighting her into believing that she is the one being unreasonable.

Following that first incident Geoff has also made her granddaughter Alya (Sair Khan) move out of their house – and after finding out Yasmeen had joined Ken Barlow (William Roache)’s bridge club he pretended bridge was his favourite game so he could partner with Yasmeen.

He also staged a robbery and mugging to make her feel unsafe – going on to set up security cameras all over the house as a result.

However when she said she didn’t want them, Geoff promptly broke things off between them – accusing her of not considering his feelings – and walked out on her, although he is continuing to spy on her via his laptop on a camera he left hidden on the bookshelf.

What is coercive control?

Women’s Aid describes coercive control as ‘an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and indimidation 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 campaigning from Women’s Aid, with research showing that 95 out of every 100 domestic abuse survivors also experienced it – with women far more likely 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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