Portland Tribune: Nonprofits offer support to gun violence victims' loved ones

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The center is an internationally renowned bereavement resource that offers peer support groups tailored to people's ages, their relationship to the person who died and the circumstances of the death.

More than 2,500 people receive service at the center each year, according to the nonprofit. The center receives 30,000 crisis, information and intake calls annually. It also provides grief support training to 8,000 people annually and offers services to schools and other community groups following the death of a community member.

The center provides a support group specifically for kids ages 6 to 12 who have experienced a loved one's violent death. People seeking services following a violent death can be part of the center's other support groups too, said Alysha Lacey, director of program services at the Dougy Center.

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