GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTy, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- According to the Women's Resource Center, domestic violence impacts one out of four women in northern Michigan.
As we first reported Tuesday, Alex Mesler of Wexford County is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Angela Admasian.
Investigators believe Mesler, who was convicted of domestic violence in the past, killed Admasian, who was his ex-girlfriend.
We reached out to the Women's Resource Center in Traverse City for information on possible options for someone going through domestic or sexual abuse.
For a friend, family member or neighbor who doesn't know how to help, the Resource Center staff said keeping the connection is important.
"What I see a lot of family members do is try to give an ultimatum. Like if you won't leave this situation that's so terrible for you I will, I can't support that. That's the worst thing you can do," said Director of Advocacy at Women's Resource Center Kristi Cogswell Boettcher. "That's exactly what the abuser wants the loved ones to do because that's less support for that victim."
If you or someone else you is suffering from domestic and sexual violence, you can call the Women's Resource Center's 24/7 helpline at 1-800-554-4972.