10:15AM, Thursday 24 September 2020
Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) and Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith). Photo: BBC/Eastenders
A domestic abuse charity is expecting an increase in calls following a TV soap storyline depicting a violent relationship.
On Monday evening EastEnders fans watched as Chantelle (played by Jessica Plummer) met a tragic end at the hands of her violent husband Gray (played by Toby-Alexander Smith).
Claire Batchelor, advocacy and outreach manager at the Dash Charity, told the Advertiser she expected to see an increase in enquires due to the high-profile storyline.
She said: “I think we’ll find next week or the week after we’ll have an increase in enquires on what support is available.”
EastEnders executive producer Jon Sen said: “Through Chantelle’s story, we hope to encourage survivors to understand that they are absolutely worth the support and to speak out. It’s through a culture of silence that the atrocities of domestic abuse are able to thrive.”
Contact the charity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01753 549865.
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