Coronation Street’s Shelley King Talks ‘Disturbing’ Domestic Abuse Storyline

It’s one of the most darkest storylines in British soap history and now it seems like it’s going to get worse.

Today Coronation Street actress Shelly King talked about the ‘disturbing’ domestic abuse storyline she’s been going thought at the moment.

Talking on This Morning on Friday Shelley who plays Yasmeen Nazir defends herself against husband Geoff Metcalfe’s abuse.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Shelly said:

‘At moments of great stress, operations, accidents. We, in order to survive, can not remember the pain that we are feeling. The incident is blurred.

‘All Yasmeen is thinking of, in the scene that you will see tonight, is her survival and she really can’t remember, she is in deep shock. She really can’t remember exactly what has happened. All she can remember is Geoff and her being there.

‘Geoff coming to her, the abuse continuing and then he’s on the floor. She doesn’t even remember the interim.’

Shelley admitted that she has been working closely with Women’s Aid to tackle the hard-hitting storyline.

She then continued to say:

‘I remember asking the people in Women’s Aid if there was any sort of repetitive factor in the process of controlling relationships and although they at first said, ‘Well no, they are indiscriminate’.

‘The more we talked about it, there was something that emerged and that is that the perpetrator often seems to target an ostensibly strong person because in a lot of instances people who display strength, strength is just a [mechanism] to protect somebody who is quite vulnerable.

‘I think if you look back at Yasmeen’s history you will see that she is in fact hugely vulnerable. She’s lost her husband, she’s lost her son, she’s lost her grandson, so she’s open and it also gives the perporator a greater sense of victory.’

It must have been so hard for all the cast involved in this story line and we really hope that this will help people in real life.

If this story has affected you please contact Women’s Air via email helpline@womensaid.org.uk.

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