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People Are Praising 'Corrie' For Shining A Light On Clare's Law

Ciara Sheppard

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People Are Praising 'Corrie' For Shining A Light On Clare's Law

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Coronation Street's ongoing coercive control storyline, told through the characters of Geoff and Yasmeen, has proved to be one of the show's most controversial to date.

The ITV soap has explored the issue in often visceral viewing, and while the show has come under fire for its uncomfortable scenes (even seeing hundreds of viewers complain to Ofcom), it's also garnered a lot of praise along the way for shining a light on a very real issue.

Most recently, viewers have been praised the soap for highlighting Clare's Law.


Monday night's episode saw Yasmeen Nazir's growingly-suspicious granddaughter Alya Nazir (played by Sair Khan) visit the police station where she requests information about her grandmother's husband Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew).

"I hear you're looking for some information?" a police officer says, entering the room.

"Yeah, under Clare's Law," Alya retorts.

Clare's Law is a scheme introduced in the UK in 2014, which allows police to individuals details of their partners abusive pasts.

It followed a successful 14-month pilot the year before in four police force areas, where more than 100 people were provided with potentially live-saving information.

The law is named after 36-year-old mother-of-one Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in 2009.

The scheme is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex partner in 2009 (Credit: Greater Manchester Police)
The scheme is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex partner in 2009 (Credit: Greater Manchester Police)

Unbeknownst to Clare, Appleton had a history of violence against women, which had seen him jailed for three years in 2002 for harassing another woman, and for six months a year earlier for breaching a restraining order with another ex.

In the months before her murder, Clare repeatedly contacted the Greater Manchester Police, telling them Appleton had harassed her, tried to rape her and threatened to kill her.

Coroner Jennifer Leeming asserted that if Clare had known about Appleton's history, she might still be alive, and that other women should have the right to know about the violent history of their partners.

Monday night's episode saw Alya go tot he police for information on Geoff (Credit: ITV)
Monday night's episode saw Alya go tot he police for information on Geoff (Credit: ITV)

"I'm sure he's got a history of abuse," Alya explains to the police officer in the scene. "You can tell me if he has, right?"

"We can search, and if there's something on the system that your grandmother needs to know, we can talk to her about it," he explains.

As viewers eagerly wait to see if the police search will bring up any dirt of Geoff, they've been praising the soap for highlighting the important law, which many don't know about.




"I know #coronationstreet is just a soap, but highlighting clare's law and how it can be used could just save someone's life. If there is someone you are unsure of in someone you loves life, get it checked out. It's better to be safe than sorry," opinioned one person.

"Fair play to #coronationstreet using DA storyline to highlight Clare's law. I have never heard of it & I'm sure others haven't either :clap: #ClaresLaw," another wrote.

"THANK YOU CORRIE !! #coronationstreet #corrie CLAIRES LAW ON PRIME TIME TV," said a third.

The storyline has seen Yasmeen suffer months of abuse at the hands of Geoff (Credit: ITV)
The storyline has seen Yasmeen suffer months of abuse at the hands of Geoff (Credit: ITV)

Geoff's abusive behaviour towards Yasmeen has seen a slow build up since the characters married last year, after the radio DJ tricked Yasmeen (Shelley King) into marrying him. Since, viewers have watched the once vivacious Yasmeen become a shell of her former self.

The character's controlling behaviour has seen him taking her bank cards off Yasmeen, instal cameras in the home so he can keep an eye on her every move and cut her off from the rest of Weatherfield, convincing her - and the town's residents - that she's an alcoholic.

The latest in Geoff's evil schemes has seen the desperate grandma agree to cut all ties with her granddaughter, Alya.

Geoff's ongoing campaign of abuse has struck a chord with viewers (Credit: ITV)
Geoff's ongoing campaign of abuse has struck a chord with viewers (Credit: ITV)

Let's hope that Corrie's storyline can show people - some of who may not have heard of Clare's Law before - exactly what's available to them.

For more information on Clare's Law or to find out how to request information, click here.

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, Coronation Street, TV Entertainment, Corrie

Ciara Sheppard
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