Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
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With the capacity to reshape systems of justice, health and education while addressing the needs of those who have experienced trauma, Ho’omaluhia, endeavors to bridge the divide between front-line professionals responding to violence and our partners in health, education, the arts and community advocacy seeking to inspire peacebuilding.

  •  Hawai’i Initiatives

    • Hawai’i Victim Service Academy

    • Efforts to Implement the Child and Adult Advocacy Studies in Hawai’i Colleges and Universities

    • Hawai’i Human Trafficking Task Force

    • Support for Native Hawaiian Allies, including work with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individual

    •  Restorative Justice

  • International, Pacific and Indigenous Initiative

For more information please contact

Paola Grolli-Cole, M.A                                  Outreach and Education Coordinator            862.216.6950                                          

Our History

The Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute was founded by Dr. Robert Geffner in 1984 to address the need for a national resource and training center focused directly on family violence issues.  To expand the scope of FVSAI’s work, Dr. Geffner in 2005 founded the Institute on Violence and Trauma ( to serve as a comprehensive resource, training and research center dealing with all aspects of abuse and trauma. 

In 2015, FVSAI established a local office in Hawaii, given the Hawaiian name “Ho`omaluhia” by Hawaiian kupuna, Aunty Lynette Paglinawan, to deliver more consistent support for the front-line social workers, advocates, justice, medical/public health, education and allied professionals working to address violence and build healthier Pacific communities through collaborative leadership and peace building education.  IVAT and FVSAI leadership have a long history of supporting training and technical assistance in Hawaii and in the Pacific region, delivering training in Hawaii for more than 20 years and delivering an internationally recognized annual summit in Hawaii, the Hawai`i International Training Summit: Preventing, Assessing and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan.

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute and the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence are linked organizations working together to end violence and build peace.

    Our Principles

    To these ends, Ho`omaluhia embraces the following principles and ideals:

    1. Support for partner organizations in Hawai`i and a commitment to supporting local partners and building funding streams from sources outside of the State of Hawai`i
    2. Prioritizing the peoples of Hawai`i and Native Hawaiian partners
    3. A collaborative approach which respects diversity of opinion
    4. Mutual respect among all members
    5. Promoting peace and peace building processes in all of our interactions
    6. Transparency in all decision-making processes

    Check out Ho`omaluhia's Summer 2018 Newsletter & Highlights!

    Check out Ho`omaluhia's Spring 2018 Newsletter!

    Check out Ho`omaluhia's Fall 2017 Newsletter!