Is it okay to use "abuse" as a general word for emotional abuse?

Anonymous
My ex tells people that I abused her. She means emotional abuse (because I used to get mad at her for small things and gaslight her, which I take full responsibility for and am now ashamed of). If someone asks for details, she clarifies that I never physically hurt her. But most people don't ask further, they just assume that "abuse" means physical abuse. This is affecting my social life. Mutual friends I used to talk to are avoiding me. When I asked my ex about this, she said emotional abuse is also abuse so it's totally fine for her to say I abused her. I don't know what to do.
Is it okay to use "abuse" as a general word for emotional abuse?
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