Chicago Associate Carly Everett recently authored two articles that evaluate the need for a veterans track in the Domestic Violence Court: “Cook County’s Effort to Provide a Veterans Track within the Domestic Violence Court for Chicago,” published in the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel’s Winter 2013 Dialogue, and “Cook County’s Creative Solution to Prevent Ongoing Domestic Violence Among Veterans: A Veterans Track within the Domestic Violence Court for Chicago,” published in The John Marshall Law School Spring 2013 Veterans & Service Members Law Bulletin.
Currently, the veterans treatment courts in Illinois do not allow veterans convicted of domestic violence to participate, thus precluding a significant number of veterans from receiving much-needed services to treat mental illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injuries. Cook County has started to address this problem by implementing a veterans track in its Domestic Violence Court in Chicago. Ms. Everett’s articles analyze successful characteristics in veterans treatment courts, and recommend techniques to promote success and to reduce domestic violence among veterans through Cook County’s program. These articles follow up on Ms. Everett’s previous Op Ed article, “Veterans Track Within Court System Provides Needed Assistance,” published in October 2012 in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.