EastEnders is about to broadcast a tragic storyline, but it that could prove invaluable to its viewers. According to Reuters, abusive husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) will murder his wife, Chantelle (Jessica Plummer), next week after the characters have quarantined together.
Reuters notes that reports of domestic abuse have increased dramatically during lockdown. Teresa Parker, a spokeswoman for charity Women’s Aid, said:
Storylines like this have a massive impact and help women recognise the signs of abuse.
Many women like Chantelle will have suffered a living hell during lockdown. I hope the awareness raised means that more women reach out for support.
Plummer added of Chantelle:
Sadly what she goes through is all too common and her death is a reminder of the devastating effect of domestic abuse. I’ve known it wasn’t going to end well for Chantelle for a while now and although it was a shock to find out her fate, far too many men and women suffer in silence so I hope that by raising awareness we can ultimately save lives.