Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)

The Tisch College Community Research Center (TCRC) provided seed funding to the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) to explore different cultural definitions of empowerment as described by advocates and clients, and to investigate perceived facilitators and barriers and using this understanding to improve client outcomes. An academic community research team was assembled and trained in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and qualitative methods. Focus groups were conducted in both Hindi and Chinese for different communities with the involvement of ATASK in order to truly discuss empowerment and create a protocol that was authentic and meaningful.

Information collected through the study was presented to multiple stakeholders and audiences, including at the Massachusetts State House, Case Western University, The Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Forum, and the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference. The research also informed ATASK's work going forward, generating discussion about how the organization may strengthen its work grounded in a refined cultural understanding of the communities it serves.

As a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project, the study was conducted in conjunction with local leaders and organizations.

Full Report ATASK Website


  • Carolyn Rubin
  • Sujata Ghosh, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
  • Dawn Sauma, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
  • Jocelyn Chu, The Institute for Community Health