Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
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 Summit Planning Committee, IVAT staff, and other supporters at the 15th Hawai`i Summit.

Summit Planning Committee, IVAT staff, and other supporters at the 15th Hawai`i Summit.

Our Work

As a Center of Excellence where East meets West, indigenous voices are valued, and diversity is honored, Ho’omaluhia is the Hawai‘i-Pacific branch of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT). 

The organization has been doing business for over 30 years and delivering trainings throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific for more than 20 years.  Ho’omaluhia’s mission is to improve the quality of life and to contribute to violence-free, abuse-free living for all the peoples of Hawai‘i. Recognizing unequal access to systems of justice, protection, health and education by marginalized communities in the Pacific.

Ho’omaluhia/IVAT focuses on addressing inequity in the access to care, evidenced-based and promising practices in the delivery of care, as well as provides technical assistance, evaluation and research for programs and systems of care.  Ho’omaluhia/IVAT’s approach is one of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), working collaboratively with providers and purchasers to improve systems responses and access for our most vulnerable populations.  Our mission of peace is reflected in the Hawaiian name given to us by Hawaiian elder, Lynette Paglinawan.  Ho’omaluhia means “creating peace.”

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Contact Us

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


c/o Family Programs Hawai`i
801 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

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