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Coercive Control – Emmerdales new storyline

While soap operas tell fictional stories, they often focus on storylines that tackle serious issue affecting real people. Emmerdale’s latest storyline focusing on the abusive relationship of Belle Dingle and Tom King show the real impact of coercive control.

Tom and Belle’s back story.

Tom and Belle recently got married, but their relationship quickly becomes toxic. Tom starts abusing Belle both physically and emotionally. He also uses technology to manipulate and control her. This portrayal shows the dangerous patterns that exists in some real-life relationships.

Understanding Coercive Control

Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse that goes beyond physical violence. It’s about power and manipulation. The abuser gradually chips away at the victim’s independence, making them feel trapped and powerless.


We had the opportunity to discuss this topic on BBC Radio Cornwall. We talked about the signs of coercive control and why seeking help is crucial. You can listen to our conversation below.

Remember, even though Tom and Belle are fictional characters, their story reflects a very real issue. There is always help available, you will be believed, you will be heard, and you will be supported.