According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, financial or economic abuse is present in 98 percent of relationships where domestic violence occurs. Of course, women and men who aren't in physically abusive relationships can also be victims of financial abuse. Many of them don't even realize it until it is too late.
Sometimes, that realization comes when the marriage ends. The spouse (usually the woman) finds that she has no money or credit of her own. Meanwhile, her credit rating may have been decimated by her spouse's activities. In some of these relationships, the husband doesn't allow the wife to work or gets her fired by disrupting her workplace. Therefore, she has no immediate earning power of her own and difficulty finding employment.