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Letter: Non-violent men

Sir: I have been reading with ever increasing incredulity your reporting on the topic of women who are victims of violent men.

Men must break their conspiracy of silence

Deborah Orr `While sectarian and race hate is campaigned against... the hate which prompts a man to beat his wife remains private'

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`Five Bellies' is free for appeal

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