The Salvation Army operates the Sunshine Home, an institution for girls in difficult circumstances as well as girls in conflict with the law. It is reported that the main causes of institutionalization are parental abuse, incest and delinquencies (running away from home). As is the case with other children’s homes in the Caribbean, there is no physical separation made between abused and delinquent girls. The girls are generally admitted to the Home pursuant to a Fit Person’s Order granted by the Magistrate Court in response to an application made by the Citizen’s Welfare Department.
Source of Information
ECLAC/CDCC, ‘An Evaluative Study on the Implementation of Domestic Violence Legislation: Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’, LC/CAR/G.659, ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, November 2001