Celebrated Australian soprano Ayse Goknur Shanal knows what it's like to flee domestic violence, and struggle to find adequate support.
That's why proceeds from her Wollongong concert this Saturday will support the establishment of an Illawarra Domestic and Family Violence Trauma Recovery Centre.
The Illawarra Women's Health Centre is behind the Australian-first centre which will offer specialist services to help women deal with the long-term impact of domestic violence.
"The only support available to women in these situations is short-term crisis support which may include a small payment, a bit of counselling, a few nights in a shelter," Ms Shanal said.
"Having gone through a crisis situation, I know that the money and the services run out very quickly; women's refuges can only take you in for a short period - and where do you go after that?
"That's why there's a need for long-term support, and this centre will fill a much-needed gap in services."
The former Smith's Hill High School and University of Wollongong student is one of the nation's most versatile classical singers and has performed to rave reviews all over the world.
She's collaborated with Australian and international composers but will showcase songs from 19th century German composer Clara Schumann at Saturday's concert at The Church on The Mall.
"This concert is about empowering women, and it pays tribute to all women composers," she said.
"I performed this program at the Opera House in September and I'm looking forward to bringing it to Wollongong."
Illawarra Women's Health Centre general manager Sally Stevenson said government funding was being sought to establish the stand-alone DFV centre.
However private donations and community fundraisers would also help the facility get off the ground, and she thanked Ms Shanal for her support.
"We've had so much community support for this centre, and this is the first community-based fundraiser which is wonderful," Ms Stevenson said.
"We've also got the support of both Wollongong and Shellharbour mayors as well as 70 leaders from major businesses and industries across the region."
It will take around $10 million over three years to establish and operate the centre, which will transform DFV services by focusing on the long-term emotional, mental and physical impacts of trauma.
To start with, the women's centre is trying to raise $60,000 for the initial co-design of the centre, which will be conducted by the University of NSW and the University of Wollongong.
To attend the 7.30pm concert, head to trybooking.com and search for An evening of delight, passion & power: Ayse Goknur Shanal.