Portraits of Courage

Your story has power.

Each one of us has life-changing moments and an important story to tell. How would you spread your words of hope to those beginning their journey? What would you like to tell survivors?

Portraits of Courage is an ongoing photo project of empowerment hosted by Palomar, Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center. We are currently preparing to launch our next feature to be displayed in the entrance hall at Palomar. Currently 5 very powerful individuals convey their words of hope to all that enter our calming client space. We are looking for a diverse group of survivors to feature as our new 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, can not 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. If you would like to participate by sharing your words, but not having your photo shared, you have that option as well. Images and words of encouragement may be posted in our building, as well as on our website and/or our social media pages.

Portraits of Courage mini sessions will be hosted on Friday and Saturday from 3pm – 7pm on November 2nd and 3rd, 2018. Sessions will be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis and last 15 minutes each. Please use the link below to schedule your session. Click on an appointment time, and put your First Name, Last Name, and Phone Number in the Description field.

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 mini 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.

If you have any questions, you make contact [email protected] for more information.


  • 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.