What We Do

The Asian Task Force Against domestic Violence (ATASK) was incorporated in 1992 to address the gaps in services for Asian domestic violence survivors in the Greater Boston and Lowell areas, including low-income immigrants with limited English language capabilities.  A United Way-affiliated agency, our mission is to prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.

Since 1994, ATASK has operated New England’s only multilingual emergency shelter, as well as advocacy services, education programs, and outreach for Asian domestic violence survivors.  With over forty distinct Asian languages and cultures represented in the Greater Boston and Lowell areas, linguistically and culturally accessible resources are vital to our ability to provide outreach, education, prevention, and direct services to the many families in need in Asian communities.

Our advocates – all of whom are bilingual Asians – deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate care that best addresses the needs of our clients. Staff provide services in the following languages, in addition to English: Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Nepali, Hindi, Bangla, Tagalog, Urdu, Thai, Manipuri, Lao, and Mien and we are prepared and provide services to clients of any Asian speaking or other language.

Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program
The Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program (ASAP) is the first program of its kind in Massachusetts and only one of few across the United States.  Asian immigrant communities face many challenges in adjusting to life in a new country. These difficulties are compounded when an immigrant or refugee is a survivor of domestic violence in an unfamiliar environment.  The Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program is often the only opportunity for Asian adults and children to achieve productive and violence-free lives.  The program provides HOPE to clients and the community through the following direct services:

Housing (Emergency Shelter)

  • Temporary housing
  • Assistance with food, clothing, and transportation
  • Support groups and parenting skills groups
  • Collaboration with multilingual advocates to provide clients with coordinated care and referral


  • Community outreach to build awareness
  • 24-hour multilingual helpline (617-338-2355)
  • Information and referrals


  • Multilingual advocates provide services in over 12 different Asian languages and dialects
  • Legal, housing, healthcare, mental health, public benefits, employment, and immigration advocacy, counseling, and referrals
  • 24-hour multilingual helpline (617-338-2355)
  • Children and Families Program that provides child- and parent-focused components to address the needs of children who have experienced domestic violence, including mental health, medical, and school advocacy, childcare services, mother/child support groups and counseling, and fieldtrips for residential families
  • Legal Advocacy Program with contracted attorneys to provide clients with coordinated legal services
  • Life Skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program to empower survivors to become self-sufficient

Education and Training

  • Teen Dating Violence Program for local schools and youth groups
  • Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to empower teens to become advocates on issues of dating violence and domestic violence
  • Toolbox: domestic violence and cultural competency trainings for Asian/Asian American, non-Asian communities and professionals working with victims of violence and trauma

If you have questions, feel free to contact us or call our helpline at 617-338-2355.

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