An intervention order (previously known as a restraining order) is a court order that stops a person from behaving in a particular way towards someone else. An intervention order is made to protect a person(s) from harm or from an act of abuse. The person protected by an intervention order is called the protected person. The person restrained by an intervention order is the defendant.
The defendant may be prevented from contacting the protected person, from coming within a certain distance of them, or from assaulting, threatening, harassing or stalking the protected person.
Intervention orders can be made in situations where a person is experiencing domestic and family violence as a way of protecting them and, in some cases, their children.
Intervention orders are governed by South Australian legislation, the Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 (SA).