HOPE h o p e
Our mission is to prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.

With Gratitude


We're honored that so many of you participated in our Light for Hope campaign. Thank you to all those who donated, lit candles, posted on social media, or spread the word.

At ATASK, we often talk about HOPE as an acronym for the services we provide: Housing, Outreach & Education, Programs, and Empowerment. But for survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, hope is the longing for an outcome that improves their lives, the anticipation of something greatly desired. It is hope that makes present difficulties easier to bear.

As Dr. Judith Rich writes, "Hope is a match in a dark tunnel, a moment of light, just enough to reveal the path ahead and ultimately the way out. Hope is a flashbulb that lights up a room, revealing everything in it, and then the room goes black again, leaving an imprint in our memory of the hidden landscape. Hope gives a glimpse of possibility not seen in the darkness."

Since 1992, our mission has been to prevent domestic violence in Asian communities, provide support and offer hope to survivors. Most of our clients are immigrants and refugees from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia and face unique cultural challenges when confronting domestic violence in the home. Many have limited English skills, which makes accessing services through traditional avenues quite difficult.

We employ a multi-lingual staff made up of immigrants, refugees, and survivors, who have a deep understanding of our clients' linguistic and cultural barriers. Through your help on social media, we can provide information about domestic violence services to Asian communities. Your donations support our shelter and programs to help survivors break the cycle of violence and achieve safe and independent lives. Thank you for helping us raise awareness and funds for ATASK and its mission.


Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Hope Grows


ATASK Supports Survivors During COVID-19 Pandemic  

During these challenging times, ATASK continues to provide critical services to domestic violence survivors. Our 24/7 hotline is in full operation, our advocates are working with survivors remotely, our legal team is processing cases, and our shelter remains open.  Services are free, confidential, and available to documented and undocumented persons.

While our communities stay at home to reduce health risks from COVID-19, victims of domestic violence are finding themselves more at risk and unable to distance themselves from their abusers to get help.  If you or someone you know needs help, please call our 24-hour multilingual hotline at (617) 338-2355.  We can provide resources, safety planning and support.  

We are grateful to those who have generously responded to the growing needs of survivors during this economically difficult period.  We are thankful for community partners that have given us emergency grants, including Tufts Medical CenterUnited Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Fish Family Foundation, Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation, Boston Resiliency Fund, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.  Funds are being distributed directly to clients to assist with housing, food and other essentials.

We are also incredibly appreciative of the past support we have received from our community of donors, giving ATASK the stability and ability to quickly pivot and adapt the way we provide services during this crisis.

These are difficult times for everyone, and even more so, for those who live in fear in their very own homes.  Please make a donation today so we can continue responding to the needs of victims.

What Would You Do if You Couldn't Call 911?  

Asking for help is not always easy. Many of us take for granted that we can pick up the phone and call 911 in the event of an emergency. We also have the privilege of calling a provider and asking for help, whether it be for medical, legal, housing, or employment matters. This, however, is not always the case for many of our clients. Due to language barriers, most of our clients do not have the English skills needed to navigate the systems here in the U.S.

I didn't know how to call 911

Lin is a Chinese immigrant who was afraid to call 911 because she couldn't speak English.  ATASK was able to get her the help she needed. Lin came to our emergency shelter, got legal help, enrolled her child in daycare so she could take English classes, and then later entered a job training program. With the support of ATASK, Lin is now employed, and is proud to be raising her son in a safe and happy environment.

Client Song: All We Need

Survivor Story

ATASK Roads of Life

Youth Empowerment Project - PSA #1

Youth Empowerment Project - PSA #2

Youth Empowerment Project PSA #3

Youth Empowerment Project Video

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