At the mention of suicide I would have gotten this relative out of that house immediately. It is unlikely the abusive parents are going to change from "talking to them." There is time for counselling and reconciliation later, but the abused individual need to be out of that house, as in yesterday! She is an adult and certainly does not need to explain why she is leaving, nor do her extended family members need to make excuses if she comes to live with them, or if they help her in other ways.
I think it's more helpful to focus on emotional abuse than on diagnostic labels, since we can't diagnose people ourselves, but the label seems to be a current favorite. I truly admire this wonderfully compassionate writer wanting to assist her young niece.
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