Saving the King’s daughters
The Jewish Standard - By Abigail Klein Leichman, Feb. 27, 2014
Shelter in Israel shields religious victims of domestic abuse
Noach Korman is one of those rare men who sees a societal problem and cannot turn the other way.
The problem was battered women among Israel’s religious population. His response, the organization Bat Melech (Daughter of the King), has grown to include emergency shelters in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh that serve the whole country, as well as a 24-hour hotline, psychological and legal counseling, parenting classes, and prevention programs.
Bat Melech Newsletter – Feb 2014
We’re pleased to share with you Bat Melech’s February newsletter. The newsletter is a wonderful way to stay updated on the exciting work that we are doing at our shelters in Jerusalem and Central Israel, as well as our initiatives for the prevention of domestic violence throughout the country.
The newsletter includes an update on the opening of our new wing, details of the fairwell party recently given to two of our residents who are moving on to restart their lives, a review of a meeting between Bat Melech Staff and a famous Rebbetzin in Bnei Brak, a profile on our new chairperson, Zilit Jacobson, and some pictures of the Children’s Activity Rooms at one of our shelters.
PRESS RELEASE – Sally Oren and Hadassah Lieberman visit Bat Melech
Feb 4, 2014 Sally Oren (wife of former Ambassador Michael Oren) and Hadassah Lieberman (wife of former Senator Joe Lieberman, living in Riverdale NY) made a visit to Bat Melech in Israel. Hadassah and Sally comment on the state of domestic violence issues in the religious Jewish community, and urge individuals to get involved. Read the Press Release
A Talk with Noach Korman, Director of Bat Melech
Haaretz – By Ido Kenan, Jan. 25, 2014
How did you come to establish Bat Melech, the shelter for Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox women who have suffered domestic violence?
“Seventeen years ago, when I was working as a young lawyer, a Haredi woman asked me to represent her in divorce proceedings. She had fled from her violent husband and gone to a shelter for battered women, only to discover that the shelter was completely unsuitable from a religious point of view: Shabbat, kosher food, the proper atmosphere. Her only alternative was to remain in the street.
“Words led to deeds: We found and made available an apartment with a staff that took in religious women who were victims of domestic violence. Of course, we’ve never suffered from less than full occupancy: The moment we rented the place it filled up, even before all the furniture arrived.”
New wing launched in Jerusalem shelter for battered ultra-Orthodox women
Jerusalem Post – By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI Dec. 31 2013
Bat Melech charity, which provides assistance to victims of domestic violence in the religious and haredi communities, launched a new wing in its Jerusalem shelter last week and is already filled to capacity.
The NIS 1.5 million construction included the addition of new rooms, renovation of existing rooms and the addition of public spaces.
Funds for the project were raised by donations from companies including the Israeli Building Center, Negev Ceramics, Pandor Doors and many more.
Of Battered Men in Egypt, and Righteous Women (Hebrew)
Matzav Ruach – Noach Korman, Dec 20, 2013
Announcement: inauguration of the new wing (Hebrew)
Bat Melech, an Amuta that assists abused religious women, and the Ministry of Welfare, will be hosting an event to launch the new wing at one of the two shelters operated by the Amuta. Those attending will include: Yossi Silman, Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Welfare, Moti Vinter, Ayalah Meir, Zilit Jacobson, Chairman of Bat Melech, and Bat Melech’s director, Noach Korman.
Where Every Woman is a King’s Daughter
Family First (Mishpacha Magazine) – by Gila Arnold, Nov. 25, 2013
Michal, a resident of a chareidi neighborhood in Jerusalem, who worked part-time as a kindergarten teacher, never knew that she was a victim of domestic abuse until she brought her newborn for a checkup and the nurse raised the issue.
“My husband was severely controlling,” Michal says. “He would write up a daily schedule, which I had to sign, stating what time I would wake up, what time I wouldcome home from work, clean the floor, go to sleep, etc. I wasn’t allowed to visit my family; I wasn’t allowed to go food shopping on my own…
Interview with Noach Korman, Director of Bat Melech (in Hebrew)
Arutz 7 – 18.11.2013
Watch an up-close and personal interview with Noach.
A day at the Shelter for Abused Religious Women (Hebrew)
Yisrael Hayom - Nov. 10, 2013
“Just before we left the house, he spat on me and kicked me, then he left to Shul wearing his Talit, with us following in our Shabat clothes.”