Established in 2008, P.H.O.E.B.E is an Ipswich-based registered charity that offers specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy and support and counselling services to black and ethnic minority women and children. P.H.O.E.B.E (Promotion of Health, Opportunity, Equality, Benevolence and Empowerment) promotes greater a greater number of black and ethnic minority women and children to receive domestic abuse support and counselling services across Suffolk. Our women’s charity was formerly known as the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre.

What we do

Help for BME Women fleeing domestic violence

At PHOEBE we educate women about their rights within an abusive relationship and support women to live free from violence by assisting them to access safe temporary accommodation, help applying for visas in their own name with the Home Office, domestic violence counselling, help within the courts and support to resettle and live independent lives. Please call us if you need help.

Free legal advice surgeries for Family Law

PHOEBE offers free surgeries for all women who need legal advice on family law matters, such as those facing separation, wanting to start divorce proceedings, child contact arrangements or other family law difficulties. A qualified solicitor will be here to help. Contact your local women’s charity today for free counselling and support. To book an appointment for yourself or your client, please call us on 01473 231 566 for free and confidential advice.

English classes

We offer women-only English classes at Pre-entry, E1, E2 and E3 levels in groups of up to 10 students. Registration costs £5 per term, plus £1.50 per lesson on the day. Please call 01473 231566 to book a class.