40 Stories for 40 Years: Tamica Battie

by Emily Roberts | Oct 02, 2018

Tamica Battie grew up the oldest of three sisters and a brother. Like so many of our clients, throughout her childhood, she watched her mother go through many abusive relationships. Her mom suffered from both mental illness and substance abuse, so Tamica, her sisters and brother were shuffled in and out of foster care and stayed with various family members. When she was only 12, Tamica was left by herself to care for her siblings, who were all under age 10. She experienced sexual assault for many years, victimized by those close to her, but she never received help.

As a teenager Tamica longed to be loved, so she began to look for that in men. At 17 she had her first run-in with the law, was charged as an adult, put on probation, and kicked out of DISD. She became depressed and tried to commit suicide, writing a note and taking a bottle of Tylenol. When she woke up, she decided to move in with a 27-year-old man.

Still Tamica was determined to finish high school. She started online classes but was moving from one bad relationship to another. She had her first child in 2004. A few years later, she was introduced to The Family Place after an altercation with her boyfriend. Working to move forward, she continued her studies at El Centro College and Cedar Valley College.

In 2012 Tamica married an abuser, thinking he had changed. After six months, the abuse began again, and she knew she had to get out of the relationship for the sake of her children. She came back to The Family Place for counseling, filed for divorce, and started her own janitorial service. Her business grew to serve many clients, including Parkland Hospital.

Tamica says counseling at The Family Place helped her heal from the inside out and gave her the tools she needed to become victorious over abuse. She is now a strong advocate for victims of domestic violence. The Illustrious Angels of Faith have honored her as Survivor of the Year. She is a member of Toastmasters and is continuing her education at Paul Quinn college studying Business Administration and Fundraising and Philanthropy.

In the future, Tamica hopes to start a nonprofit to help those suffering from domestic violence, homelessness and mental illness. She likes to say, “When you learn to dance in the rain, no storm can rain on your parade!”