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Detroit News: “Social service agencies see demand, challenges rise during pandemic”

It’s a cruel Catch-22: With the COVID-19 pandemic dragging on for nearly a year, more people are experiencing trauma related to domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug addiction and other societal ills.

Yet the support groups and social service providers people rely on for healing, connection and help have had to reduce or halt in-person gatherings to prevent spreading the deadly virus.

The quandary has forced Metro Detroit agencies to find alternative ways to keep the lines of communication open and help clients cope during a time of added stress.

For Common Ground, a nonprofit crisis support agency, the solution was to move its support groups online.

The Bloomfield Hills-based agency recently began offering separate weekly virtual sessions for victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse survivors and people who have lost loved ones to homicide.

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Mike Martindale, The Detroit News
Photo Credit: Daniel Mear, The Detroit News