PHOEBE (Promotion of Health, Opportunity, Equality, Benevolence and Empowerment) is a registered women’s charity serving Ipswich and the surrounds. Established on the 8th March 2007 and formerly known as the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre, PHOEBE provides specialist intervention, support and advice for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged women and children in the Ipswich community, in order to meet their needs and improve their overall welfare.
Our charitable aims
PHOEBE aims to empower vulnerable women to receive domestic violence support and counselling across Suffolk in order to encourage them to build resilience to escape the dangerous and abusive environments in which they live.
Areas of work
PHOEBE offers specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy and support and counselling to a diverse group of women, welcoming all different cultures and backgrounds. In particular, PHOEBE works closely with women and children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who experience adversities in the type of domestic violence to which they are victims as a consequence of their culture, race and religion e.g. female genital mutilation, trafficking as young girls. Most crucially, PHOEBE is committed to helping the women source legal advice and the staff offer casework assistance in addressing the complex paperwork that is involved with the courts and Home Office regarding divorce, child custody and immigration issues. This is especially fundamental for those women who have no access to public funds and for some their perpetrators will use their legal status against them as a form of power and control.
We are formerly registered in Zimbabwe as PHOEBE ZIMBABWE and we are focusing on supporting women recovering from mental health.