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In a move activists say shows the government could be serious about battling domestic violence, China’s top court has overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her husband after years of violent abuse. In contrast, according to the charity Refuge, 65 per cent of women who experience domestic violence keep their injuries hidden: The landmark case of Li Yan, which was widely discussed on the Internet in China, highlights the plight of victims of domestic violence, and drew the attention of international human rights groups. Li’s lawyer, Guo Jianmei, told Reuters on Tuesday that the decision “will have an exemplary effect” on similar future lawsuits, as it may be the first case in China to overturn capital punishment for the killing of a domestic abuser.

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