Image of dedicated members of King County Juvenile Court, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Department of Judicial Administration celebrating the FIRS Center

Dramatic drop in juvenile domestic violence case filings follows launch of FIRS program

Within a year of its inception, the impact of a new King County program aimed at reducing further involvement in the juvenile justice system is unprecedented: Compared to the same nine-month period last year, juvenile domestic violence case filings have dropped 62 percent.Continue reading Dramatic drop in juvenile domestic violence case filings follows launch of FIRS program

Image of Stephanie Trollen of King County PAO Juvenile Unit; and Jimmy Hung, senior deputy prosecutor and chair of the PAO juvenile unit

New domestic-violence intervention reduces juvenile detention stays

Before the Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program launched this year, the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office’s options for helping families coping with domestic violence were too limited. Under the FIRS model, parents can now access an array of social services without formally pressing charges against a child or teen.Continue reading New domestic-violence intervention reduces juvenile detention stays