Portraits of Courage

Your story has power.  Your voice matters. 

Each one of us has an important story to tell and we want to hear your story. 

Portraits of Courage is a photo story project where survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuse and human trafficking can safely share their journey of hope and empowerment.  Palomar is looking for survivors who are interested in participating in “Portraits of Courage,” which consists of a photo session and the survivor providing a brief narrative of their journey. 

“Portraits of Courage” is proudly displayed at Palomar, where other survivors can be encouraged and inspired by your story.  We are looking for a diverse group of survivors to feature in our “Portraits of Courage.”  We welcome submissions from all genders, ages, and cultural identities — we want survivors to see someone that looks like they do and know that they, too, cannot only survive, but thrive.  We know that often children, pets, and other loved ones survived the abuse or assaults as well, and we invite you to include them in your portrait if you would like.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in this upcoming project, please complete the form below.

Who Will See “Portraits of Courage”?

Images and/or words of encouragement may be posted at Palomar, as well as on our website and/or our social media pages.  It’s up to each survivor to decide where and how they would like their story shared.  We will gladly honor all requests. 

You are in Control

We want you to be comfortable and share your story the way you want it to be shared.  You can participate as much or as little as you’d like, and share as much as you’re comfortable with.  This includes: name being used as you prefer (first name only, pseudonym, full name, etc.), editing your photo, deciding how you’d like to be shown (face, silhouette, shadow, etc.), and you get to approve your photo before it’s shared or posted. 

Photo Sessions

As part of honoring and recognizing your journey, we’re proud to offer free photography sessions on November 2nd and 3rd, 2018 from 2:30pm – 6:30pm, each day.   Sessions will last 15 minutes each. After completing the form below, you’ll be given the link to sign up for an appointment time.

Can’t Make the Photo Session?

If there are no appointment times available, or you can’t make these dates, or you would prefer to submit your own photo, you may still participate by submitting a photo in the form below. Photos taken at the sessions will be provided to participants, and you will have an opportunity to select which photo you’d like for us to use in our project.

Want to Participate but Not Take a Picture?   

If you would like to participate by sharing your words, but not having your photo taken or shared, you have that option as well.   You can also opt for a picture that’s inspiring to you (i.e., nature, faith, etc.). 

Contact Us

Bekah Mercer



  • When did you leave the abuser?
  • We want to recognize and include those who survived by your side -- be they children, pets, or others.
  • Please enter a value less than or equal to 5.
    If you change your mind later, you can always contact us at any time and we will take your photo and story down.