An injunction is also known as an injunctive relief and comes in the form of a court order for an individual or entity to desist from performing certain acts or required to do certain acts. This is considered a legal remedy in a civil court of law and may be awarded in addition to or as a substitute for monetary damages.
A court of equity usually hands out an injunctive relief in order to not just compensate for the loss by providing monetary damages, but by preventing any future losses from occurring. This is done by issuing a court order that orders the defendant to stop from exercising a specific behavior or for the defendant to exercise a specific behavior that may counter the damage that has been done. An injunction or injunctive relief is usually awarded to the plaintiff if further harm can be caused by the repeated actions of the defendant.
There are different types of injunctive reliefs that exist, depending on the behavior it aims to curtail. A gag order is an injunctive relief that prohibits a piece of information from being known by parties other than those involved while a restraining order can demand that a party stop from doing a certain action as stipulated by the court.
An injunctive relief may also be classified as temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the actions committed or in an effort to prevent permanent injury to another party. A temporary injunction has a specific time period wherein the defendant may not do a certain action vis-à-vis a permanent injunction wherein the defendant is never to commit said action again.