Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
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San Diego Summit

Summit Overview

This Summit is a unique forum for professionals across all disciplines and philosophies to gather for in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. We are one of the very few events that include researchers, practitioners, advocates, survivors, and front-line workers from all disciplines to share information, discuss controversial issues, and engage in difficult dialogues. Evident in our uniquely comprehensive programming, the Summit focuses on linking research, practice, policy and advocacy to promote violence-free living for all. Opportunities for networking, continuing education, specialty certifications, and more make this an event you don’t want to miss.

Call For Submissions!

Presenter submissions are being accepted until January 31, 2019. Please click the button below to read the submission guidelines.


  1. Adult Survivors of Maltreatment & Trauma

  2. At-Risk Youth

  3. Child Maltreatment/Adverse Childhood Experiences

  4. Human & Labor Trafficking

  5. Intimate Partner Violence Offenders

  6. Intimate Partner Violence Victims/Survivors

  7. Legal & Criminal Justice Issues

  8. Sexual Assault/Sexual Abuse Victimization & Offenders

  9. Trauma in General

  10. Trauma in Military Personnel, Veterans & Their Families

  11. Vulnerable Populations

  12. Campus Sexual Assault  

Frequently Asked Questions

Hotel & Travel Information

23rd Registration Brochure

Summit Highlights

  1. Earn CEs and specialty certifications to fulfill your annual requirements and refine your skill set.

  2. Network and collaborate with professionals from across disciplines during Poster Session & Welcoming Reception and Awards Luncheon.

  3. Gain applied knowledge by hearing from acclaimed keynote speakers.

  4. Attend panels and workshops that cover hot-button topics like #MeToo, Campus Sexual Assault, and more.

  5. Refresh your self-care routine by attending a variety of self-care opportunities.

Making the Most of the Summit



Each year, the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence gathers for an annual forum to set their agenda. This meeting of the minds is a social justice think tank with the goal of unifying policy, advocacy, research, and practice to end Interpersonal Violence in all its forms.


Poster Session & Welcoming Reception

Positioned on the first evening of the Summit, the Poster Session is a great opportunity to mix and mingle. Sharing ideas with diverse professionals allows guests to engage in topical discussions. Music, appetizers and a cash bar provide a relaxing backdrop for posters on display.


Networking &

Awards Luncheon

Come network with invited speakers, Summit Planning Committee, and other professionals from a diverse assortment of fields over a seated lunch. Awards to honor those who have made outstanding efforts toward ending violence will be announced.


Continuing Education & IVAT Specialty Certifications

The summit offers affordable accreditation opportunities for many different licensures. Click the buttons above for more information.


Calling all volunteers! Are you looking to attend the Summit at a discounted rate? Earn lowered or waived Summit Registration by signing up to volunteer your time. Every 5 hours worked will count towards one day of waived registration. Some fees may still apply. 

Planning Committee

To join IVAT's Summit Planning Committee please contact:

Become a Supporter

 IVAT invites organizations, groups, and companies to join the 23rd Summit's cause by becoming an Exhibitors, Sponsors, Advertiser, or Collaborator. Your contribution to enrich and diversify the Summit each year is welcomed and appreciated by attendees.

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Translation/Interpreters & Special Accommodations

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. Spanish-speaking and hearing-impaired Summit attendees (Plenary and selected Breakout Sessions) and anyone else needing special accommodations, please contact our Meeting & Event Manager, Mark Yunker at 858-527-1860 ext. 4550 no less than 30 days prior to the Summit to allow ample time to meet your requests.

Grievance Procedure

Please review IVAT's grievance procedure here.