San Jose Domestic Violence Survivors Speak Out with Art and Community

The Reclaiming Ourselves Art Show was a night of celebration, of courage and holding space for survivors of domestic violence to share words that for some were the first time ever spoken to an audience.

Here at De-Bug we are all about making your own path, and that’s why we were so very happy to welcome the Sacred Heart community, their Family Support Program and the half dozen promotoras who are forging their own road and tackling domestic violence. The night was a culmination of a year’s work closing out Domestic Violence Awareness Month and celebrating volunteers, staff, supporters, artists, allies and most of all survivors in a genuine and safe way, surrounded by their friends and family.

When these women spoke we listened, we held our breath with them, felt the echoes of their poems in our own experience, sang with them and gave them the respect we should show all women as they stand before us and speak.

The night brought us together for one of the most difficult and intimate of subjects. Thank you for healing us by sharing your experiences and bringing us closer to a world where domestic violence doesn't have any place to hide. Violence is not a part of love.

From the National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.

  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.



For more information about the Family Support Program, contact Laura Diaz at 408.300.4650 or

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