In the context of incidents of gender-based violence, a protection order represents a fast legal remedy to protect persons at risk of any form of violence by prohibiting, restraining or prescribing certain behaviour by the perpetrator. The wide range of measures covered by such orders means that they exist under various names, such as restraining order, barring order, eviction order, protection order or injunction.
An offender that refuses to comply with the order faces criminal or civil penalties, depending on the specific case and the legal context in the country.
Council of Europe (2011). Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence Explanatory Report CM(2011)49-addfinal.