A restraining order is a legal injunction that either prohibits one party from doing something or requires one party to do something. Sometimes understood as an order of security or a peace bond, restraining orders are usually utilized in connection with domestic violence, stalking, physical abuse, harassment or exploitation. Temporary restraining orders (TRO) are meant to serve as short stop-gap steps until a complete judge hearing is held. If you fear for your individual security, talk to a restraining order lawyer for assistance obtaining a TRO. Because a restraining order can seriously limit your activities, it's also wise to seek the counsel of a law firm if somebody else tries to take out a restraining order against you.