Duty Trumps Doubt

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The way a first responder acts toward someone who has been sexually assaulted has a profound impact on the victim, the case and the outcome.

Duty Trumps Doubt is an award winning 8-minute video created by Jane Doe No More to enhance training for first responders on the crimes of sexual violence. This trauma-informed video helps police officers, EMTs, medical professionals and other law enforcement personnel understand the importance of putting preconceived notions aside and begin by believing the victim.

The video features sexual assault survivors and law enforcement personnel, as well as compelling scenes that underscore that each victim and situation is different, and that you only have one chance to get it right.

Duty Trumps Doubt was produced by Jane Doe No More in collaboration with Mom & Pop Films and Quinnipiac University. Distributed at no cost to law enforcement across the country, the video serves as a powerful reminder in training officers responding to crimes of sexual assault.

Watch The Video:

Customized, trauma-informed Duty Trumps Doubt training programs are available.

Options include but are not limited to:

1. Across State Lines – a 2.5 hour deep-dive into Donna Palomba’s case presented by 

2. Understanding the Complexities of Sexual Assault Crimes — a 90-minute panel discussion featuring survivors, law enforcement and medical professionals.

Premiering the ‘Duty Trumps Doubt’ video on October 26, 2010 at the International Association Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando Florida

Chief Ed Moore, Saratogo Springs, NY (retired), Chief John Buturla, Stratford, CT (retired), Donna Palomba, Chief Neil O’Leary, Waterbury, CT (retired)

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Chief Patrick Foley, Donna and Chief Larry Thoren. Donna Palomba was the keynote speaker at the Excellence in Victim Services Award Luncheon in Chicago at the 2011 International Association Chiefs of Police Conference Monday, October 24, 2011.

Donna Palomba and Chief of Police Gary MacNamara, Fairfield Police Department - Connecticut presented our "Duty Trumps Doubt" program to the Sexual Assault Response Team in Dutchess County, NY.

SAFVIC, San Antonio, TX
Donna Palomba and Sergeant Renee Harvey of the Waterbury Police Department and member of our Survivors Speak Outreach Team present Duty Trumps Doubt to SAFVIC in San Antonio, TX.

Jane Doe No More is a 2011 CINE Golden Eagle Award Recipient for the educational law enforcement video. “Duty Trumps Doubt”.

Quote in book - “Kevin asked Chief Muir if he was familiar with an educations video call Duty Trumps Doubt, which is used by thousands of police department across the county to teach their officers how to properly investigate rape cases. Muir replied that he knew it well, and that the Missoula Police Department showed the video as part of its training”