Emmerdale's Belle seen pushing Tom over as abuse plot continues

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Emmerdale's Belle King looks set to be doubted by her friends and neighbours next week after a furious argument with her abusive husband Tom.

The couple's dark storyline takes a new twist next week as Tom starts planting seeds to suggest that Belle is causing the problems in their marriage.

Upcoming episodes see Tom promise Belle that he'll seek help for his angry and violent behaviour after she vows to leave him.

However, when Tom attends a doctor's appointment with Liam Cavanagh, he manipulatively suggests that Belle's behaviour is the main issue.

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Tom insinuates that Belle has anger problems and is exerting coercive control over him.

Once Tom returns home, his deceit continues as he tells Belle that his appointment with Liam went well. Belle is delighted as she starts to hope that there's a future for her relationship after all.

Later in the week, the Dingles decide to mark the anniversary of Lisa's death.

Tom takes control by engineering a situation where Belle needs to wait in for a parcel for him, rather than join her family for a memory picnic in Lisa's honour.

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Over at the vets, Tom faces his performance review but he's annoyed when he realises that Vanessa Woodfield and Rhona Goskirk are going to give him some criticism.

Tom doesn't handle the situation well and his anger grows further when he realises that Belle didn't wait in for the parcel after all.

Things turn heated as Tom cruelly berates Belle and makes harsh comments about her late mother.

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Clearly at breaking point following Tom's months of abuse, Belle responds by pushing him over.

The villagers watch the incident with disbelief, especially as Tom plays the victim. Will this fuel Tom's false narrative that Belle is the one with problems?

Emmerdale airs these scenes on Thursday, May 23 on ITV1.

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, organisations including Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) and Women's Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk) can provide further support and information. The 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text LOVEIS to 22522.

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