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Institute on Violence, Abuse and Truma (IVAT)-Promoting Violence-Free Living, the

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is an international resource and training center at Alliant International University.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals on local, national and international levels by sharing & disseminating vital information, improving collaborations & networking, conducting research & trainings, assisting with direct professional services, program evaluation, & consulting to promote violence-free living.
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IVAT International and Hawaii Conferences

Important IVAT Highlights

Bullet Statement on the Death of Murray Straus

"Murray Straus was a pioneering researcher who was among the first to document the physical and emotional risks associated with hitting children as a means of discipline. Dr. Straus also inspired others to study the impact of violence on children and, as a result, we now have an overwhelming body of research that guides the field. Our Center for Effective Discipline has used this research in helping families discipline their children without striking them.

The work of Dr. Straus has contributed directly to a world-wide decline in corporal punishment and has improved the lives of millions of children. It is these children who are the greatest legacy of Murray Straus."

--Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

"IVAT would like to echo the sentiments expressed by Gundersen here, Dr. Murray Straus' passing is a great loss to the field of child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and trauma.  We send our warmest condolences to his family."


Bullet New Job Opportunity at IVAT

Position Summary - The Summit & Training Manager, under the general direction of the Executive Director and Assistant Director, oversees the planning and execution of 1) program content for two international summits, and 2) speaker travel logistics for all professional trainings and summits. >> See Details

Hawaii News Now discussing with Dr. Steven Choy, how the Hawaii International Training Summit aims to help youth traumatized by abuse, neglect, and violence.
>> See Video
Alliant’s Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma partners with National Taiwan University to Taiwan Partnershipimprove justice system and forensic process for victims of child abuse. >>See Press Release
Web Site Supports Pediatricians’ Efforts To Assist Children Exposed to Violence
The American Academy of Pediatrics, supported by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), has launched a new Web site that provides pediatricians the resources they need to modify the operations of their practice to identify, treat, and refer children who have been victims of or witnesses to violence.

Resources: (click below)

- AAP children exposed website
- Defending Childhood Initiative.
- OJJDP publications- children's exposure to violence.
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

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San Diego Based Domestic Violence Assessment and Therapeutic Services


Resources and Support Directory

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IVAT is now accepting INTERNS! > More Info

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Bullet New NPEIV Brochure - Click Here
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IVAT provides local assessment & therapeutic services on a sliding fee scale.

For more information please call (858)-527-1860 x 4560 or email

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GoodSearchHelp Support the services we provide to a child, adolescent or adult in San Diego County who has been affected by violence, abuse or trauma.

Click on the logo above and start shopping today!!

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For a booklist or to order books, please contact Patricia Smith at or 858-527-1860 x4570

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