Corrie’s domestic violence plot sees surge in men reporting their suffering & ‘Free Tyrone’ campaign launched! (VIDEO)
Fans of Coronation Street will know that for months now, the soap has been highlighting the often taboo issue of men being the subject of domestic violence in their Kirsty Soames and Tyrone Dobbs storyline.
However, it’s been revealed that as the plotline continues, calls to a national helpline for male victims of domestic violence have trebled to around 30 a day.
Mark Brooks, chairman of the ManKind Initiative, told the Daily Star that he’s grateful to the soap for giving beaten British men “the confidence to speak out.”
He said, “It’s reduced the stigma and what it’s also done is highlight the fact that it does happen to men…
“When men see it on something as high profile as a soap they realise that there is help out there and that they’re not the first man this has happened to.
“The storyline in Coronation Street has been invaluable in educating society that men are victims of domestic abuse too.
“It has done a great service to all those who are suffering behind closed doors.”
Meanwhile, the Sun reports that fans of the show have begun a ‘Free Tyrone’ campaign which of course mimics the ‘Free Deirdre’ crusade of the 90s.
Tyrone (Alan Halsall) was of course seen last week languishing in a police cell after Kirsty (Natalie Gumede) accused him of having systematically beaten her.
The paper states, “Pictures posted [on Twitter] have included a Free Tyrone sign pasted on a painter’s van, and a message spelled out in catfood. Another fan superimposed Tyrone’s image onto a T-shirt footballer Lionel Messi wore under his jersey.”
However, on a more serious note, if you are a man suffering from domestic violence, you can call ManKind on 01823 334244.
Here’s a look at Tyrone’s continuing struggles with Kirsty in this week’s episodes…