HOPE provides free programs to schools, community and civic groups.
HOPE also provides free and confidential services to victims of teen dating violence.
A 2009 study of sixth-grade students found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends. As with cases of sexual assault, most incidents of domestic violence go unreported, meaning the number is likely much higher.College-aged women experience a higher rate of partner violence than any other age group, according to the Justice Department.More than one fourth of the boys with girlfriends said they had been physically aggressive (punching, slapping) with her. Although all victims of gender-based violence are affected negatively, research reveals that female victims of dating violence often experience more severe and longer-lasting consequences than do male victims.