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I CAN Journeys

Each I CAN is a beginning of a journey, a catalyst for individual reflection and transformation. Through the art, survivors, advocates and community members share their commitment in solidarity to do what each of us can to help end abuse. By sharing the evolution of our I CANs over time, we witness and support a change in ourselves and our community. These messages of hope, survival and strength break though shame and silence, creating meaningful connections and become a lifeline of change at a critical time in our community.

 

I CAN Succeed by Jennifer

"I CAN Succeed" meant so very much to me, especially being a single teen mother who was abused by my baby's father. I feel that I have accomplished so much since I made my I CAN, so has my daughter Gigi. I am glad to say that my daughter is moving up to Kindergarten and after just a few more months....

Heart to "Beat" by Mauricio Soto

I am reminded of how each of my I CAN hands is different from the rest in the way that they look as well as the message behind them. Looking at them again made me feel proud of what I have inside. Although it is very satisfying to work with the clients that we serve at WomenShelter, it can also be trying at times. I sometimes question if I have what it takes...

Believe, Love, Live by Claudia

My I CAN is about the internalized insecurities, pain, and fear that I felt growing up. As a child, I was not in any circumstance to speak up against the abuse I witnessed on a daily basis. All my childhood memories had become secrets, secrets that I had buried deep down inside my soul. It wasn't until about two years ago that I gave myself the gift of healing...

I CAN Create Peace by Sharon

When I created this particular I CAN hand, I had no idea what to do with my life. What I did know is that I wanted to create peace: within myself, in my community, and on a global scale. At the time it seemed little more than a pipe dream, an idea that couldn't possibly come to fruition, at least not in a tangible, long-lasting way...

Love Heals: I CAN Learn to Love Myself! by Fran

I look back at the hands I created in the beginning and I've come so far since those early days! The hands have been part of a major shift in conscious awareness for me. They have been mirrors where I've seen the areas in me that are still running on fears born in denial and repression. In particular, the hands have been liberating...

Stop Violence by Leticia Ortiz

My I CAN continues to impact my life in terms of my job as well as my personal life. By teaching and using positive, calming words, and by listening to people and not reacting with anger or getting upset, I can end violence. I continue to use this in my personal life with my one-year old. Sometimes he can be crying, and doing things he doesn’t really understand. It is by teaching...

 

I CAN Create a Safe Space by ej

It has been a long time goal of mine to start a support group for LGBTQ-abuse in the DV services that I work in. As often as the DV community has acknowledged that this is an under-served population, there seems to have been little movement within existing DV programs to actually create LGBTQ-specific services...

I CAN Be an Artist by Neda Moridpour

I remember how frustrating it was for me as a young girl to hear sentences that started with “you can’t” all the time from my family, friends and society at large.  Although I understand the reason for that, which was for my own protection from the dangers that mostly target women in a society such as Iran...

Hopeful Hand by KNS

Sharing my experiences has been integral in helping me heal. Understanding that DV comes in different forms and is not always a bruised face or broken rib was hard to comprehend, until it happened to me. Overcoming my guilt and learning to forgive myself and others is a daily battle, but I strive for strength...

I CAN Be An Empathetic Ear by Susan Burke

I CAN empathetically listen. I want to lend an empathic ear as well as speak words of wisdom to those suffering abuse... I have found that I am becoming more patient with my clients, which helps increase the empathy. Sometimes not saying anything is wiser than any words...

I CAN Shine, I WILL Prosper by Loren Denker

The Survivors Art Circle I CAN WE CAN workshop warm-up exercise was to share one thing that “we were told we couldn’t do or thought we couldn’t do, but did it anyway and succeeded..." I immediately thought of something my ex-husband said to me before I left him...

I CAN Use My Words! by Susan Noelle

Wow - looking back at my pledge, I am amazed at how the universe has opened up the path for me to fulfill it! Since the I CAN WE CAN Workshop, I have been busy promoting "Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs," my children's book about love and connection. I've spoken to kids at a dozen schools about the importance of trusting your voice, feeding your imagination, staying inspired...

I CAN Sustain

As I look at my hand, all I can read is "I can be safe here and now." Recently my mother has been needing my assistance. She is now 91 years old. She is now 91 years old. I cannot remember spending more than a day and a half with her because there was just too much resentment and anger...

Waiting

When I look back at my I CAN, I'm reminded of how far I've come, of the progress I've made as an individual. I recall when I made my hand months ago and where I was at mentally and emotionally. I felt so burdened with stress and all of my goals seemed so far away and out of reach. While I wasn't trapped, I was certainly discouraged...

Refuge by Andrei

Participation in this project was very important for me. See, I never thought of myself as a victim of domestic violence. After all, my childhood was ‘fairly normal.’ Domestic violence was for others, the ones with truly horrific situations, much worse than mine...

I CAN by Jessica

Not that long ago, I used to write “IT’S OK” on my wrist. I thought of even tattooing it. Sometimes things seemed so difficult for me and I coped by looking down on my wrist and reminding myself that everything will turn out okay. I lived in survival mode. The first time I wrote my "I CAN” it felt impossible for me to think of five simple things I could do....

Balance by Will

Finding balance for me was never quite about a more equitable division of time spent at work and at home, or trying to counterpoise the angst of the past, the significance of the present, and the promise of the future. Balance, perhaps, in the traditional, workaday sense. It was always about the mental equanimity of childhood—the clear state of balanced equilibrium in a child's head...

Patchwork by Leah Sexeny

We all come from different backgrounds with different stories but we all have one thing in common... our voice! I CAN share my voice to bring power, support and awareness to the fight against domestic violence... I created my I CAN at a community workshop held at Windows, which was also the first time I’d volunteered at the organization....

I Am Here To Serve by Marci

I always wondered what exactly my purpose was here on this planet, but felt I had no solid artistic talents to pursue. The realization then came to me that I’m here to be of service to my fellow man. And that’s what I do every single day, whether it’s a smile or a hug—anything that makes someone’s day just a little brighter. It’s what I’m here for: I CAN Serve....

I CAN Be the Change by Annie Kelly

My I CAN was based off of Gandhi’s quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I was feeling like there’s so much talk about taking action, but fear so often gets in the way. I wanted to step up and be a catalyst for actual, substantial change. One way that I felt I could begin to effect change was to apply to graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs...

I CAN Find Clarity

Creating my I CAN felt like reaching for something that seemed impossible. Growing up with domestic violence, I learned to fear conflict. I experienced a lot of confusion around anger—both my own anger and other peoples' anger. This is one of the biggest struggles in my life. Making my I CAN rendered me both vulnerable and accountable. It allowed me to open up...

I CAN Break Free

I never knew how significant my I CAN hand was, until now. For as long as I can remember, I had a passion for life. As a child, I loved to make up games and "shade" coloring books. I found peace with art—it was a rich world filled with color, texture and heart, where I was free to be me. As I grew up, my parents were embarrassed by my expression and art...

I CAN Be Contagious by Rudy Hernandez

Throughout your adult life, you rarely get asked to make a wish, to dream, to imagine. Those types of opportunities are reserved for the early stages of your life, in attempt to create a spark, a light to guide you down the right path in life. Over three years ago, I found myself in a place I never thought I’d be. I had chosen a path for myself that I knew nothing about...

I CAN Inspire, Dance, Protect, Speak, Be

At the beginning of the process I said: I CAN Inspire, Dance, Protect, Speak, Be. I CAN Dance: I have found a wonderful dance school that fits my schedule perfectly. I am dancing again. I had already begun, in my living room in what I call fits & starts. I kept pressing on, as dance is my release, my praise to God, my joy...

Leading the Blind by James

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of I CAN WE CAN. Initially, when creating my hand design, I was drawing only blanks. I have seen and been subject to domestic violence, but I did not know how to express those experiences on my hand. I began to think, what were my thoughts during the time of my exposure to domestic violence? One word came to mind: blind...

I CAN... I MUST Stand Up and Speak Up by Lonnie Resser

This I CAN still means so much to me, nearly a year after creating it. I continue to embrace this I CAN and appreciate greatly how it's touched other people. I have felt more empowered than before I created it to share my thoughts and opinions and spread the word about injustices. For me, it makes all the difference hat there is a community of support surrounding the I CAN WE CAN...

Master of My Destiny by Sacha Martinez-Scott

Looking back at my I CAN is somewhat of a portal for me. I know exactly what place I was in when I created it and can return to that place whenever I please, as long as I remind myself of the message. It was a place of courage, optimism, hope, and self-appreciation. So often in life we are focusing on so many different things that we forget to take care of ourselves...

Elevarme muy alto / Rise higher

What impacted me the most in this project was when I finished my masterpiece, I was able to say I can get out in the world and enjoy the marvelous things that surround me. I decided to make a bird because it was the first thing that came to my mind. When I started to tell myself that I can transform into a great woman, I was able to get out of a relationship...

I CAN Break the Patterns by Paul Rials

Since I made the promise to myself that "I CAN Break the Patterns," I have felt a strong sense of duty to uphold it, not only to myself but to those around me. I know I have formed a few negative patterns over the years and at the time I didn't truly see how harmful and hurtful they were to others. I wrote my I CAN so that I could see that the patterns I was forming...

I CAN Embrace My Feminine Side

Embracing my feminine side may not seem like a huge deal, but it’s really big for me. In making my I CAN, I’ve realized that my fear of the feminine has been a metaphor for deeper issues. Since I was a girl, I’d always gravitate towards stereotypical boy activities and clothing. I’d have a very strong negative reaction toward anything that had to do with femininity...

A Stranger to Love by Rosie Yerke

Love is essential in relationships and therefore, love has been my cornerstone in my friendships and interactions. Every day I think of one person that I want to show love towards so that I'm constantly focusing on taking the loving response. When you focus on what you want to bring into your life, that's what you get...

My College Goal

I created my “My College Goal” I CAN hand back in April hoping to get accepted to my dream school, and this has not changed two months later. Two months ago when I created my hand, I remembered some people saying that I’ll never get in and how I don’t have the grades for this top university. Every day after I heard those comments, I made myself work harder and harder...

I CAN Do It

I have seen so many I CAN's and they are all incredible and so creative. They are testaments to the things we are able to do as human beings. The good things within us. When I was asked to write about my I CAN, there was so much going on with me. I could not pinpoint what I really wanted to accomplish. I know BALANCE was the big word...

 

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