LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- At the Center for Women and Families on Wednesday there was a call for Congress to reauthorize the Violence against Women Act.
Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth joined center officials and domestic violence survivors to make the push.
It has been more than 500 days since the law, which helps women affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, expired.
Survivors say programs, like the center, help them escape dangerous situations and rediscover themselves.
"I was broken, I felt like I didn't have any hope. I had lost tune with myself, I had actually lost my identity of who I was. The day I walked into the Center for Women and Families, I met staff, I met other residents and I knew that I was in a safe place," Shannon, domestic violence survivor, said.
"We simply cannot afford as a community, as a center, to cut our staff or services when clients are needing us more than ever," Marta Miranda, President and CEO of the Center for Women and Families, said.
Last week the Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the bill strengthening the ability to fight domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
In January, Yarmuth and nearly 200 other House Democrats introduced a bill identical to the Senate bill. It has yet to come to the House floor for a vote.