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Latest IVAT News & Happenings


A Petition for World Human Rights Day

Sign Petition: Who’s Keeping Track? A Call for Continuous Media Attention to the Separation of Children from Refugee Parents

Monday, December 10, 2018

 “The welfare of these children has too quickly passed largely out of view of the public. We urge the media to move quickly to ensure ongoing media coverage of this massive human tragedy,” said Sandi Capuano Morrison, CEO of the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma. …Read the full press release here.

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Leadership Council Statement: Assessing Kavanaugh’s Behaviors Through the Lens of Science

Monday, October 8, 2018

Read Full Statement here:

“When questioned about the allegations by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh responded by denying the allegations, crying, yelling and accusing Democrats and the Clintons of fabricating the allegations in an effort to destroy him. While his supporters in the Senate found Kavanaugh's display convincing, experts in sexual assault found his behavior consistent with a pattern of offender behavior previously identified in the literature.” …..

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Leadership Council Statement: Sexual Harassment and Assault is Common in High School

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sexual assault is more common in high school than people realize, according to the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence, a national scientific organization. A poll in 2011 by the American Association of University Women found that 58% of girls reported some form of sexual harassment between 7th and 12th grade, and 4% reported coercion into sexual activity without their consent. Dr. Robert Geffner, Council advisory member and president of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma adds, “It is important to realize that sexual assault is about power and dominance -- an act whose purpose is intimidation and ego building for the offender rather than sexual gratification.” Because of the fear and shame, survivors may stay silent for years…..

Read the Full Statement Here:


September 2018: Plenary Roundtable Discussion: “What’s Next for #MeToo? Breaking the Silence, Changing the Norms”

Our mid-Summit discussion covered the specific next steps for the movement to begin changing the norms and expectations to create safer communities and standards. As well as question the elements needed to spark societal change at this scale.

Panelists: Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, Kendall Evans, MA, Richard Gartner, PhD, Kandee Lewis, Azim Khamisa, Sujata Warrier, PhD


September 2018: NPEIV Think Tank Forum

An impressive panel lead the discussion on “United Voices + Organizations Against Interpersonal Violence: How to Move Forward” featuring Gary Slutkin, MD, Esta Soler, Victor Vieth, JD, Diana Fishbein, PhD, Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ and MSW. The discussion set forth an action plan to move forward the work of #MeToo and #TimesUp using the coordination of all NPEIV member’s and their respective networks. To join the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV), visit


July 2018: All Tribes in Recovery Gathering

IVAT recently attended the SoCal All Tribes in Recovery Gathering in San Diego, CA which was attended by over 1000 people! We look forward to collaborating with their organization at our Summits.


June 2018: Poster Winners & Submitting Poster for upcoming San Diego Summit 

Read about Poster Winners at the 15th Hawai`i International Summit. Also, make sure to submit your poster for our 23rd International Summit in San Diego, CA on September 6-9, 2018


May 2018: Networking & Awards Luncheon

Our Networking & Awards Luncheon at 15th Hawai`i International Summit is on April 19th, 2018. Register on-site at the Registration Tables in the Exhibit Hall!

May 2018: Congratulations to Youth Art Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Moanalua High School senior Yunjung Rho for winning the "No Hurting, Show Aloha" student art contest! She and Hawaii International Summit co-founder Dr. Steven J. Choy appeared on KITV's "Good Morning Hawaii" this weekend to talk about the 15th Hawai`i International Summit on Preventing, Assessing and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan this week held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

Yunjung received a $10,000 scholarship from Argosy University and will be honored at the Summit's award luncheon.


May 2018: Talk Radio Appearance

IVAT President, Dr. Robert Geffner, makes appearance on Honolulu talk radio show "The Conversation" On 4/16/18 to announce the 15th Hawai`i International Summit taking place at the Hawai`i Convention Center. 

Hear what Dr. Geffner had to say:

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May 2018: Ho`omaluhia Newsletter - Spring 2018

We invite you to read Ho`omaluhia's Spring 2018 Newsletter! Ho`omaluhia is our Hawai`i branch.


April 2018: Have Your Research Recognized - Call For Poster Submissions

You are invited to submit a poster to be featured at the 23rd San Diego International Summit happening September 6 - 9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.


April 2018: Speaker Showcase:  Meet one of our opening keynote speakers, Angela Marie Pacley!

Topic: How She Saved Her Daughter From Human Trafficking


April 2018: Speaker Showcase: Meet Keynote Speaker, Ann Mahi, of the Department of Education!

Topic: Teaching the Mind, Heart and Spirit to Dream, Believe and Achieve.

January 2018: Check out our YouTube Channel!

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April 2017: Interview with Founder, Robert Geffner, PhD

Founder and president, Robert Geffner, PhD, is interviewed on Hawaii News Now regarding the 2017 14th Hawai`i International Summit. You can view the video here: