Latin American Model Protocol for the investigation of gender-related killings of women (femicide/feminicide)

Authors/editor(s): United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Latin American Model Protocol for the investigation of gender-related killings of women is a practical tool, designed to be applied by the people responsible for carrying out the investigation and prosecution of these acts. Its main objective is to offer guidance and lines of action to improve the practice of those working in the justice system, forensic experts, and other specialized persons, including those acting in relation to the crime scene, the forensic laboratory, the interrogation of witnesses and suspects, the case analysis, the formulation of the indictment, or before the court.

The content of this Model Protocol is based not only on technical elements—essential to understand the gendered dimension of the killings of women—but also on the experience and lessons learned by the people that participate in these cases day in and day out.

This text is the result of a broad consultation process carried out with prosecutors in charge of the investigations, police offi cers, forensic experts, people that work with perpetrators of these crimes, professionals from a variety of disciplines, organizations that assist the victims (direct and indirect) of violence against women, and judges called on to evaluate the evidence, punish those responsible for these crimes, and determine the reparations for the victims.


Available versions: English / Spanish

Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Latin America and the Caribbean

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls

Resource type: Manuals/guides

Number of pages: 201

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)