We had the good fortune of connecting with Barbara Pettis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Barbara, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
This is not an industry were you wake up one morning and decide this is what you want to do. For me, I was called by God, this was my mission in life. Advocating and defending those in domestic violence you have to have the mind of a servant. I say that because we are serving a demographic that has been stigmatized by society and the victim is almost always blamed for the abuse she is suffering at the hands of her abuser. We call it “victim shaming” To do what I do and what others do, you can’t be weak at heart nor can you be timid because so many women and children are depending on you to be their “Shero” simply meaning our courage and determination is needed to enter a battlefield that is often times dangerous for the advocate as well as the victim. What I hope people understand is that we don’t do this for accolades or recognition. We do it because we are survivors ourselves and we are commissioned by God to help as many women as we can.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Better Place Ministries was created to be an underground railroad for victims of domestic violence. It seeks to prevent and end the cycle of violence against women through education and advocacy services and serve as a resource to individuals, families, and community agencies. We address the despair of hopelessness and fear that victim’s experience. It is our desire that victims will find their voice and rediscover hope for their future. Our non-profit is still growing unlike the larger more established domestic violence organizations. We have to work a bit harder to get our brand out there and no it has not been an easy journey. It’s hard to do what we do every single day but it is so worth it! I am still overcoming the challenges of being a business owner in this industry. Patience is one of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. What I want the world to know is that I am more and more determined each and every day to be present and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to helping victims of domestic violence. Better Place Ministries is here to serve you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Because I like quiet moments, my best friend and I would spend time at the Arboretum are in the park just sitting and talking just catching up because she doesn’t live here in Dallas. I love Mexican food so we would have dinner on the patio of Mi Cocina’s or Rosa’s Cafe. Neither of us drinks so we would have a lot of sweet tea. I’m one of those people to like being in the comforts of my own home but there are several wonderful attractions here in Dallas to visit and enjoy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my very best friend Annette Jones. We have been friends for over twenty five years and from day one, she saw something in me that I never thought I would see in myself. Annette has always been supportive and encouraging. My Aunt, Dr. Janice Pettis Ingram has been a constant supporter in my life, always uplifting and encouraging me. My children Tiffany Tatum and Clarence Tatum and my granddaughter Nevaeh Tatum. My father Milton Pettis Jr. and my church family at Living Waters Worship Center of Seventh-day Adventist all of whom have been supportive and encouraging in one way or another. I’m writing a book on my journey through domestic violence and when you have people in your life that believe in you, it makes the journey easier to maneuver. I’m very excited about this project and I can’t wait for it to be published because I know that it will be a blessing to all that will take the time to read it.
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