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An anti-social behavior order is issued by a civil court against a person who has been shown, on the balance of evidence, to have engaged in anti-social behavior. It can be issued to anyone aged ten or over as a punishment for harassing, or causing alarm or distress to a person or people not part of their own household. The order prohibits offender from going to certain public places. The purpose of the order is to protect members of the public from their behavior.