What is a restraining order?
In the UK a restraining order is a court order that can only be issued in combination with criminal proceedings. Therefore, to obtain one, you will need to report the individual to the police and take them to court for their crimes.
It will only be when the judge believes there is a reasonable chance that the victim of the crime will continue to be harassed by the perpetrator that a restraining order will be granted.
The order prohibits your abuser from being able to do certain things, for example contacting you or attending your place of work or home address.
It’s important to note that lots of people confuse restraining orders with non-molestation orders or protective injunctions. You can’t apply for a restraining order if you simply want someone to stay away from you, for example, unless they are convicted of a crime against you. While it’s true these other types of order do prevent harassment and are no less valid, they have to be applied for in different ways to a true restraining order.