Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
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San Diego Summit

Update: Registration is scheduled to open Friday, May 31st!


Linking research, policy, advocacy, and practice

The 23rd International Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma is a unique forum for people from 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 summits that include researchers, practitioners, advocates, consumer-survivors, and front-line workers from all disciplines to share information, discuss controversial issues, and engage in difficult dialogues.

Topic tracks span intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, children exposed to violence, at-risk youth, criminal justice issues, sexual victimization, sex trafficking, prevention, trauma in military personnel, veterans and families, elder abuse, substance abuse, trauma-informed care and more. 

The vision of the many Summit co-sponsors, collaborating organizations, exhibitors, and participants is to make a significant positive impact on eliminating all forms of violence and abuse everywhere. We are expecting over 1000 attendees from all over the globe to come together for an appreciation of multi-ethnic, multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives.

Opportunities for networking are scheduled into the program to enhance informal discussions of cutting-edge research, prevention and intervention strategies, policy changes, innovative methods,healthcare approaches, advanced clinical concepts and skill building essentials. Everyone will gain from this unique Summit – laying the groundwork for realizing our universal vision for peace.



Reserve your room early for best rates at the beautiful, centrally located Hyatt Regency La Jolla At Aventine, San Diego, CA. 

Click here to book your room!



Continuing Education

Specific session titles, specialty certification, and accreditation information coming soon.

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September 5, 2018

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. 

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Poster Session

Every year presenters from across the globe showcase their research, theories, and campaigns during the Poster Session. Presenters have the opportunity to network and share ideas with over 1,000 diverse professionals in the fields of violence, abuse, and trauma. Submissions are being accepted until June 27, 2018. Submit Here.

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Awards Luncheon

More information coming soon!

To join IVAT's Summit Planning Committee please contact Cao Buck at: