Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma


IVAT condemns violence and oppression in all its forms.

We stand with all who continue to work for equality and peace.

Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy and Policy to End Violence Across the Lifespan

Headquartered in San Diego, California with a satellite office in Honolulu, Hawai`i, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is an international resource and training center. 

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

IVAT is a one-stop shop to address violence.  We collaboratively build and 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 provide excellent professional and clinical services.  To learn more about any of our services, please click on one of the links below. 

15th Hawai`i Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma – Submission Application - Deadline October 6, 2017

We are looking for speakers that specialize in topics, such as:

  • Educators
  • Finding foster homes for youth with complex sexual behaviors/histories
  • Human trafficking
  • Homelessness (addressing case management and training)
  • Housing first model in HI and SD



IVAT Speciality Certifications available at our 22nd Summit

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