'Hitting women isn't normal': tackling male violence in Brazil

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A rehabilitation programme for violent men in Espírito Santo is cutting reoffending rates

When Rafael Sousa (not his real name) found out his wife had been talking to a male colleague about their relationship, he lost his temper and, after hours of yelling, beat her as she lay on the floor.

He had seen messages on his wife’s phone and confronted her about them one evening. “We had been having problems before but that was the trigger,” Sousa, 29, says. “We argued throughout the night. I had never thought about hurting her before but, just before dawn, I slapped her, yanked on her hair and kicked her.”

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