Do protection orders protect?

J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010;38(3):376-85.


Protection orders are widely used legal interventions intended to reduce the risk of future harm by one person considered to be a threat to another. However, there has been controversy about when and whether such orders are useful. This article is a review of empirical studies of outcomes associated with protection orders and factors associated with violations of the orders. Although protection orders are not a panacea, the results support that they can serve a useful role in threat management. We describe factors to consider before implementing a protection order.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Empirical Research
  • Female
  • Harm Reduction*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Safety / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Violence / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Violence / prevention & control*