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Promotion of Health, Opportunity
Equality, Benevolence & Empowerment
for black and ethnic minority
women and children

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Shelter from Abuse

Fleeing from domestic violence? We can help you and your children find a safe place

We are committed to helping improve the lives of BME women and children suffering from domestic abuse. Our centre provides advice sessions and workshops run by specialists who can offer assistance relating to domestic violence cases, immigration status, health, welfare benefits and more. Women from all cultures and backgrounds are welcome, we have worked with women from China, all parts of Africa, India, the Philipines.

In 2010, we opened some safe houses where women fleeing domestic violence could seek shelter. However, due to difficulty in funding, we were unable to sustain these houses, hence we work in partnership with other women's organisations which offer shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.


We also:

  • Help victims access their benefits e.g. housing, child or income support

  • Help source legal advice and representation

  • Provide free confidential counselling services

  • Provide drop-in and telephone support and advocacy for all

  • Provide opportunities for victims to improve their self-esteem, self-worth, social and economic situations

  • Create understandings between agencies about the problem of domestic violence within the community

  • Advocate on behalf of female victims with no public funds


The team of social workers and volunteers at our women’s centre are kind, compassionate and understand the complexities of domestic violence and the on-going psychological effects. We will work closely with you to help you feel safe again and begin the difficult process of rebuilding your life.

If you need to escape from domestic violence or need to protect your children from an abusive partner, visit our drop-in centre or contact us today on 01473 231 566  or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , to speak with one of our qualified social workers.

News about Phoebe
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Supporting B&ME victims – what the data shows   Last month saw the first national Day of Memory to commemorate victims of “honour”-based violence and abuse. Karma Nirvana, thecharity behind the event, reports that at least 12 women a year are known to have been killed as a result of “honour”-based violence in the UK, although the true... Read more...
English Classes
Friday, 25 January 2019
Providing  English classes is one method by which we promote PHOEBE's main aims, which include cultivating greater inclusivity of women and encouraging and facilitating the participation of BME women within the wider Suffolk community. There are currently around 20- 55 women on our attendance list register, and up to 15 attending our English... Read more...
ESOL Skills for Life: Entry 1
Thursday, 24 January 2019
  Exam Structure Summary Speaking & Listening (Oral interview with Trinity examiner)1. Individual Component (up to 7 mins) Task 1: Exchange of personal information (up to 4 mins) Task 2: Instructions and directions (up to 3 mins) Reading (Reading exam taken under controlled exam conditions)1. Short answer reading paper (15 items) Task 1: Simple... Read more...
Free Legal Advice
Thursday, 24 January 2019
Free Legal Advice SurgeriesPHOEBE offers free surgeries for women who need legal advice on family law matters, such as those facing separation, wanting to start divorce proceedings, experiencing domestic abuse or other family difficulties.   A qualified solicitor will be at our offices to help. To book an appointment for yourself or your... Read more...

PHOEBE
'A Helper of Many'

19, Tower Street

Citizen Advice Bureau Building

Ipswich, Suffolk

IP1 3BE. UK

Email—admin@phoebecentre.org.uk

Telephone— 00 44 1473 231566