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Despite a history of domestic abuse in Native families, some believe a lack of awareness to the problem is one of the primary contributors to the cycle. Photos courtesy of Kayla White

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Tackling domestic violence within Native communities

Statistics show Native American women experience domestic abuse at 50 percent higher rate than national average

Kayla White was 12 years old that winter morning, when her life was changed forever. On Jan. 2, 2009, White’s mother was killed by her father, becoming a deadly victim of domestic violence.