LITTLE ROCK Ark. (KTHV)- New partnerships are forming in the city of Little Rock to bring awareness to national domestic violence month

Sometimes women and men in domestic violence relationships wait too long to get help, last year, 31 Arkansans waited until it was too late.

In 2016, the Little Rock police department said they responded to 3500 domestic violence incidents in the city.

Angela Mcgraw, Executive Director, with Women and Children First said the city had about double the number of incidents in phone calls for help last year.

“We had 8,152 crisis calls on our 24 hour hotline,” she said.

The chair of the Little Rock police foundation, Timothy Anderson, said they realize these are alarming numbers so the foundation is stepping up to help funnel more funds into the police force.

“We have Verizon, the Association of Indian Physicians, and foundation sources management that have all teamed to gather to stop domestic violence,” he said.

The money will help educate the public on the issue and fund those who need help.

According to Chief Hayward Finks with the Little Rock Police Department, out of the 3,500 domestic violence calls last year, Little Rock police were able to help 2,400 people.

“We were able to provide services to people such as diapers, gas, food and so as we have more resources and more partners, it allows us to have the ability to service more people when we come into those types of situations,” he said.

More funding means more lives saved.

“If it wasn't for any of those partners, the domestic violence victims around the city of Little Rock wouldn't be able to make it out of these relationships,” according to Mcgraw.

The Little Rock police Foundation helps bridge the gap between what the Little Rock Police department has and what they actually need to help victims in the best way possible.