In 1995, Bat Melech was founded as a non-profit organization by a group of Orthodox social activists working to provide legal assistance for women in distress.
They established Bat Melech in response to the urgent need of Orthodox women suffering from domestic violence for a refuge, protection from their violent spouses, and emotional and legal support.
In 1996, the first shelter was established in Jerusalem.
In 2000, under the auspices of Keren Ohel Meir, The Nigunim Hostel was opened in order to provide physical shelter, protection, and spiritual and emotional support for Orthodox at-risk adolescents.
In 2004, Bat Melech founded the Israel Center for Family Justice, to provide legal representation in secular and religious courts, as well as free legal services for women of all backgrounds in need of guidance through the maze of Israeli family law.
In 2005, in an effort to expand its reach, Bat Melech opened a second women’s shelter in Israel.
In 2008, together with the Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2000, the Center for Family Justice opened a second branch in Beit Shemesh.
In 2013, Bat Melech expanded the Beit Shemesh shelter to accommodate increased need and to house more families.