Most people think of the abuse of one spouse by another as physical in nature or perhaps verbal or emotional. However, some people are victims of financial abuse. Often (in fact 99 percent of the time) people who are physically abused are also financially abused. Both, after all, are means of controlling a spouse or partner.
Most financial abuse victims, particularly women who are older and grew up during a time when husbands controlled the pocketbook and bank accounts, may not even realize that they are being abused. While victims of physical violence may be afraid to leave their spouse, victims of financial abuse may not have the money to do so or the good credit necessary to make it on their own and take care of their children.