Domestic abuse is a very serious issue in the UK, so British soap Hollyoaks have decided to tackle the problem with a new story line. Actress Nikki Sanderson plays the role of Maxine in Hollyoaks, who is in an abusive relationship with Patrick (Jeremy Sheffield), and Nikki says that filming the abuse scenes is very difficult.
Sanderson was being interviewed by Digital Spy, when she explained, "They are, because again we're trying to make the storyline as real as possible. Sometimes you might get a little bump or bruise here or there, but fortunately myself and Jeremy get along really well in real life, so we really trust each other."
She added, "Sometimes I'll tell Jeremy to grab me harder or push things further, because we want it to look real. We're really invested in this storyline and it's worth it because the scenes look so much better."
If you are suffering from domestic violence or abuse, then you should get in contact with Women's Aid, which is the key national charity that works to stop domestic violence against women and children. The helpline for Women's Aid is 0808 2000 247.