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Soap Suds …. TV’s domestic abuse storylines are not pure fiction ….

For avid fans of our three top traditional soaps in the UK, right now you may well be finding them very uncomfortable to view.

In Albert Square, Whitney is being stalked by Leo, her abuser’s son, in what feels like a never ending invasion of her privacy and heartache.  Surely most viewers will have recoiled at his spy hole uncovering?

On Emmerdale, Pierce has made an unwelcome return with a fatal outcome and Rhona’s stalking nightmare continues, in sight to the viewers and, surely, soon to be seen by her.

And on the cobbles, as Coronation Street celebrated its 10,000th episode on 7th February, we have the coercive control storyline as Geoff slowly but surely continues to manipulate Yasmeen, with us all shouting at the screen, albeit internally, for her to get away from him.

As much as our soaps are supposed to be a break for us viewers from our own reality, you may well be watching it with an entirely different stance.  It may be far too close to home.  In fact it may be home.

Domestic abuse sadly happens far too often in the real world.  And victims suffer from many different forms of abuse, not just those highlighted in TV programmes.  Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited, to the following:

  • Physical abuse;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Harassment, whether in person or online;
  • Stalking;
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse;
  • Controlling or coercive behaviour;
  • Financial abuse.

Here at Rayden Solicitors, we have a large team of family law specialists who have a great deal of experience in high conflict cases. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, we will become part of your support network, providing the expert advice you need at each step which will in turn allow you to heal and recover and look forward to a happy future. The breakdown of any relationship can be stressful, but when there are complicating factors such as this, it is imperative to get expert help to guide you through.

For more information on the issues raised in this blog and to learn more about what relationship breakdown advice is available, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team at Rayden Solicitors.

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