Kudos to the the Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program

firs_king_countyCompared to the same nine-month period last year, juvenile domestic violence case filings have dropped 62% since the FIRS program launched in January 2016.

The program,  offers youth arrested for family violence incidents space at an overnight respite center instead of secure detention. FIRS staff offer de-escalation counseling to safely reunite youth with their family. At no cost to them, families are offered in-home family counseling, mental health services, drug and alcohol services, and the Step-Up Program, which specifically addresses adolescent family violence.

Read more about the program and its success here.