FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence.
Founded in 1977 by the Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, FaithTrust Institute offers a wide range of services and resources, including training, consulting and educational materials. We provide communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse. We work with many communities, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Buddhist, Jewish, Latino/a, Muslim, African-American, Anglo, Indigenous, Protestant, and Roman Catholic.
- Sexual and domestic violence violate the rights and dignity of all women, men and children. To the extent that any person is violated by sexual and domestic violence, the dignity and worth of all persons are diminished.
- Oppression is deeply ingrained in our society and all forms of oppression-including racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, ageism, heterosexism and oppression of the differently abled-increase the suffering caused by sexual and domestic violence. Sexual and domestic violence are often instruments of these forms of oppression.
- All those without power and privilege are the most vulnerable to and the most likely to be victimized by sexual and intimate partner violence.
- Ending sexual and domestic violence requires changing attitudes and practices of individuals, communities, and institutions.
- Organized religious communities have an ethical responsibility to play a major role in bringing about an end to sexual and domestic violence within their own communities and within society at large.