- Christi Paul survived an abusive four-year relationship
- From that experience, she learned to be happy alone, set clear boundaries and practice the power of forgiveness
Christi Paul is anchor of CNN's "New Day Weekend." She is passionate about sharing her story to help and inspire the lives of other women. Join her this October and lend your voice to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)Being belittled. Being shoved. Being threatened. This isn't bullying at school or work -- it's abuse at home. It's the ugly, violent truth hidden behind closed doors across America. It's the smile you fake as you leave the house, wishing you could get in a car or a bus and take it all the way to a new life.