Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
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"Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy and Policy to End Violence Across the Lifespan"

- President & Founder, Robert Geffner Ph.D.

Our Story

IVAT condemns violence and oppression in all its forms. We stand with all who work for equality and peace. The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is a leading international resource and training center, founded in 1984 as FVSAI and headquartered in San Diego, California with a satellite office in Honolulu, Hawai`i. 

IVAT is a one-stop shop to address and end violence.  We host 2 international summits annually, house 4 academic journals, provide a wide array of trainings addressing violence, abuse and trauma-- many of which can be used toward specialty certificates and continuing education, and we offer vital professional and clinical services to San Diego County and beyond. Every $25 donation received allows us to provide one hour of psychological treatment services to a child, adolescent or adult in San Diego County who has been affected by violence, abuse or trauma.


Our Mission is to promote violence-free living by improving the quality of life for individuals on local, national and international levels by sharing and disseminating vital information, improving cross-discipline collaborations, conducting research and trainings, and providing direct professional services, program evaluation, and consulting.


Our Vision is a world free from violence, abuse, and trauma.