Reasons to Get a Restraining Order on Someone

Updated July 19, 2017

Restraining orders are legal documents that attempt to help protect individuals from being subjected to undesirable behaviour. Any time you have been victimised by another person, even if it was merely being threatened, you can obtain a restraining order against them at your local police department.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is one of the most common reasons restraining orders are issued. These situations involve someone being physically abused or threatened by the person she lives with, including a current romantic partner. If you decide to get a restraining order because of domestic violence, you should call the police and request an emergency restraining order to ensure that you will not continue to be victimised.


Another reason restraining orders are requested involves harassment. Examples of harassment include receiving unwanted phone calls or verbal threats of violence, physical injury or damage to your property. To obtain a restraining order because of harassment, go to your local police department and request a protective order against the person responsible for the undesired behaviour.


Stalking is another reason restraining orders are issued. If you are being followed by someone you don't know or want to be around or an unwanted visitor keeps showing up at places like your home or job, you have the option of getting a restraining order against that person.

Neighbourhood Disputes

Neighbourhood disputes are another common reason restraining orders are requested. You may file a restraining order at any time against a neighbour who has injured you or threatened you with violence. Damage to your property at the hands of a neighbour also can be grounds for a restraining order.

Parent or Guardian Request

You can get a restraining order on your child's behalf if he has been injured or threatened by another person. As a parent or guardian, you also have the right to obtain a restraining order if you feel that your child is in danger of being victimised or kidnapped.

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