To effectively protect victims of violence and harassment, national authorities often grant them specific measures which help prevent further aggression by the offender.

The EU rules on mutual recognition of protection measures (Directive 2011/99/EU on the European protection order (EPO) in criminal matters and Regulation (EU) No. 606/2013 on protection measures in civil matters) allow for a prolongation of national protection measures for persons in danger when they travel or move to another EU Member State. 

On 11 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a report on the implementation of the Directive on the European protection order. The report provides for information on how the EU Member States have transposed the Directive into their legislation and how they are applying it in practice.