Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma


IVAT condemns violence and oppression in all its forms.

We stand with all who work for equality and peace.

"IVAT Links Research, Practice, Advocacy and Policy to

End Violence Across the Lifespan"

- President & Founder, Robert Geffner Ph.D.


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

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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