CBS Lowell

Culturally and Linguistically Specific Advocacy and Case Management in Khmer, Thai, Lao, and English

In 1997, as a response to the critical need for multilingual and culturally relevant services for Asian families and individuals affected by domestic violence in the Greater Lowell area, ATASK launched the Lowell Asian Initiative Against Domestic Violence (previously Lowell Asian Project Against Domestic Violence).

Lowell is home to the second largest Cambodian community in the United States. Similar to ATASK’s Boston programs, the Lowell Asian Initiative Against Domestic Violence offers advocacy, outreach, trainings, assistance and referrals to the Greater Lowell area, with a specific focus on providing culturally appropriate services to meet the highly sensitive needs of Cambodian survivors and families.

Each client works with an advocate who helps with accessing services such as:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Legal and immigration advocacy
  • Medical and healthcare advocacy
  • Housing advocacy
  • ESOL classes
  • Referrals

All services are provided free of charge.

Our advocacy philosophy is to educate clients about their rights and available resources and to empower them to use this information to make positive decisions for themselves and their children. Our services are based on a holistic approach, which addresses the large range of clients’ needs. Because we provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care, we build trust with clients and create an atmosphere of safety, respect, and understanding. This environment helps our clients heal from abuse and rebuild their lives.

To learn more about advocacy and case management services in the Merrimack Valley, contact:

Hueijou Joyce Kao

Clinical Manager

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If someone you or someone you know needs help, please call our 24 hour multilingual helpline: