Abuse is not Always Easy to Recognize

It can happen to anyone, regardless of age or gender. And when it does occur,
the effects can be lasting and devastating

But we are here to help…

If you or a loved one has been abused, our team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help you hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

We understand how difficult it is to come forward and accuse someone of abuse. You may not be sure if what happened was abuse or think that no one will believe you.

So how do you identify abuse?

Recognizing The Signs


In simple terms, abuse is a pattern of behavior used to gain and maintain power over another individual. There are many types of abuse and identifying the behavior is not always easy.

When most people hear the word abuse, they think of physical violence. While physical force is one type of abuse, often the behaviors of an abuser are more subtle.

Understanding the different forms abuse takes can help you recognize abusive behavior and leave a dangerous situation or help others change their life.


Types Of Abusive Behaviour Physical


This type of abuse involves physical violence on the part of the abuser. It may take the form of punching, slapping, strangling, forcibly restraining a partner against their will, or other actions which make someone feel physically unsafe

Types Of Abusive Behaviour Emotional


Any behavior intended to hurt another person emotionally is considered abuse. Threats, yelling, humiliation, or emotional manipulation are all forms of emotional abuse. This type is often the most difficult to identify.

Types Of Abusive Behaviour Psychological


Similar to emotional abuse, psychological abuse is intended to wear away at a person’s sense of wellbeing and mental health. Often, an abuser may make one doubt their own sanity, so they no longer trust their own judgement. 

Types Of Abusive Behaviour Sexual


Abuse of a sexual nature is not always assault, though it may involve rape or other forced sexual acts. Generally, using sex as a weapon to control or gain power over another is considered abuse.


Types Of Abusive Behaviour Economic


Financial abuse may include not letting someone have a job or denying access to bank accounts. Often, economic abuse ensures that one partner is unable to leave the relationship.

You may wonder: How do I even begin?

Our Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one has been abused, our team can help you understand your rights and get access to the resources you need. We can also help determine the best course of legal action for you.


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Where Did the Abuse Occur?

Where abuse occurs can impact the type of legal action you can take and the compensation you receive.

Where Did the Abuse Occur

At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we recognize how abuse can make you feel vulnerable and powerless.

If you decide to pursue action against those who harmed you or those who failed to prevent abuse from occurring, our team will stand by you



We represent survivors who were abused in a broad range of situations, including:

Boy or Girl Scouts



Cruise Ships

Day Care/Preschool/After Care

Foster Care



Nursing Homes

Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

Residential Care Facilities


Service Industry



Youth Sports Leagues

If you were abused as a child, it’s not too late to sue…


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“I’m so glad I was referred here by a previous client.  The attorneys were great and professional.  Made something I thought would be stressful as easy on me as possible… the staff always made me feel comfortable and made me feel welcomed each time. Thank you for all your help! I appreciate all the support I received from everyone.”

– Cristina H.

Changes to Utah Law Offer New Hope


Changes in the laws in Utah have made prosecuting sexual abuse cases involving children easier than ever before.

Instead of four years, survivors now have 35 years after their 18th birthday to bring a case forward.

Changes To Utah Law Offer New Hope For Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

We recognize how painful the thought of facing a lawsuit can be. For many survivors, the process involves reliving traumatic memories of a terrible time in their life.

However, this type of case can shine a light on the wrongdoings of an individual and protect other vulnerable children from suffering at their hands. 

Get the help you need…

We Stand with Abuse Survivors

Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton Personal Injury Attorneys Utah

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Kevin Sutterfield, Bruce Franson

At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we understand the complexities of abuse cases and recognize the delicate nature of these lawsuits.

Our team of skilled personal injury attorneys handle these cases with the compassion and care they deserve

If you or a loved one has been abused, reach out to our firm online or call us toll-free at (800) 898-4878. There are no upfront fees for hiring our attorneys.


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