Coronation Street have joined forces with Women’s Aid to highlight the help available to those in danger from domestic abuse during the Coronavirus lockdown.
An online video featuring past and present actors from the soap has been produced to try and help those people who are at risk.
Millions of viewers have seen Yasmeen Metcalfe’s coercive control abuse storyline unfolding on screen, but for many her situation is all too familiar.
And with the nation being asked to stay at home and stay safe – for many that is the least safe option as they find themselves trapped in lockdown with their abusers.
Shelley King, Sair Khan, Sally Dynevor, Sally Carmen and former Corrie actress Julie Hesmondhalgh have all recorded messages outlining the help that is out there for those at risk.
One key piece of advice is the ‘silent solution’ that can be used when calling the police. Anyone needing help, but fearful an abuser may hear them calling, can dial 999 and then when the call is answered press 55 – police will then know they need assistance.
Women’s Aid also provides online chat and email services.
If you or someone you know is at risk from domestic abuse please go to: www.womensaid.org.uk