Coronation Street has worked with domestic abuse charities in the UK on the soap's new coercive control storyline involving characters Yasmeen Nazir and Geoff Metcalfe.
In upcoming episodes of the show, Metcalfe (played by Ian Bartholomew) will be seen staging a robbery so he can be seen to 'protect' Yasmeen (played by Shelley King). He also puts CCTV in at her home.
The Press Association reports that Coronation Street consulted UK domestic abuse charities Women's Aid and Independent Choices Greater Manchester while writing the story.
The soap's producer, Iain Macleod, said: "Many thousands of people feel trapped in relationships with someone who claims to love them but who is actually taking them apart piece by piece, isolating them from friends and family and locking them in an invisible prison of fear and insecurity.
"I hope this story will help anyone going through similar experiences in the real world by highlighting that feeling undermined, belittled, controlled or intimidated by your partner is never okay.
"The old 'sticks and stones' adage is just plain wrong - words can be instruments of torture and manipulation."
Teresa Parker of Women's Aid in the UK said: "Many people think that unless there is physical abuse, it doesn't count.
"Coercive control underpins almost all abusive relationships, and Geoff has established himself at the centre of Yasmeen's life, and manipulated her in so many ways.
"Gradually we are seeing the long-term effects of living with an abusive partner."
Coronation Street airs on Virgin Media One and ITV on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.