The article referenced above keys in on affordable housing and how the lack of it contributes to an unsafe environment for families.
After reading a few articles I came to realize that one of the reasons safety may be an issue in low income areas for women is the lack of affordable housing. If these low income areas were somehow provided with affordable housing (funded by government, donations, etc.) it would go a long way towards making the environment safer for women. The article states that, "When affordable housing is not available to low-income households, family resources needed for food, medical or dental care, and other necessities are diverted to housing costs." So not only does affordable housing provide women shelter from violence, but it helps them in other everyday areas as well.