emergency protective order

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

Any court-issued order intended to protect a person from harm or harassment. An emergency protective order is issued by the police, when court is out of session, to prevent domestic violence. Most emergency protective orders are stopgap measures that last only for a weekend or holiday, after which the abused person is expected to seek a temporary restraining order (TRO) from a court.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.